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.
Based on a new paper by Brookings conceptualizing the aftermath of a breakdown in the international narcotics control regime, InSight Crime considers the profound impact the legalization of cocaine could have on Latin America's organized crime landscape. Read More
Colombia's president reportedly plans to suspend the use of glyphosate in aerial fumigations, a controversial practice that politicians and security officials have consistently used to measure success in the drug war, and perhaps explains why some remain so reluctant to stop spraying. Read More
A committee in Chile’s Congress has paved the way for partial marijuana legalization, following efforts to decriminalize personal consumption of the drug and allow for its medical use, all of which could eventually undermine a valuable smuggling trade in Paraguay. Read More
In its most recent report, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) -- responsible for overseeing the implementation of the United Nation’s drug conventions -- finds itself in a bind: the Board remains adamant that these conventions be enforced, yet a wave of drug policy reform across the Americas speaks to increased resistance to the status quo. Read More