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An Interview with Narconomics Author Tom Wainwright

An Interview with Narconomics Author Tom Wainwright

Tom Wainwright's recent book Narconomics seeks to serve as an arsenal of new ideas, even a register of best practices, for security officials looking to improve their nation's approach to security policy.

Hopes for Global Drug Policy Reform Dashed at UN Assembly

Hopes for Global Drug Policy Reform Dashed at UN Assembly

The United Nations' special assembly on drug policy ended without significant changes to existing drug conventions despite a push for reform from Latin American countries seeking a less prohibitionist regime. With the huge obstacles to a new international consensus made apparent, reformist countries around the region instead look set to continue national level experiments with drug policy.

Report Documents Guerrero's Role as Mexico's Poppy Capital

Report Documents Guerrero's Role as Mexico's Poppy Capital

A recent report on poppy in Mexico's Guerrero state highlights both the economic benefits and violent repercussions the plant's cultivation -- necessary for producing heroin -- brings to local farming communities.

Denials Follow Revelations in Honduras Drug Czar's Assassination

Denials Follow Revelations in Honduras Drug Czar's Assassination

New details about an alleged hit squad run out of Honduras' National Police headquarters carrying out high profile assassinations for organized crime have met with a wave of denials, claims of ignorance, and more action in the political arena than the legal realm.

Has Argentina entered the 'War on Drugs'?

Has Argentina entered the 'War on Drugs'?

One of the dangers of the new Argentine government's anti-drugs measures is that they enable military intervention in matters of domestic security, a path that once taken, is hard to reverse, according to this analysis published by openDemocracy in advance of the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drug Policy.

Though it is not on the agenda of the Sixth Summit of the Americas, to be held April 14-15 in Colombia, the question of drug legalization will be on everyone's minds. Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina has called for countries to debate a new strategy and other leaders in the region, most notably Colombia's Juan Manuel Santos, have joined him. US President Barack Obama will have to face down them and others in a rare show of unified defiance from US' allies in the region. InSight Crime examines the thorny subject in this series of special reports.