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Colombia's FARC Finalize Disarmament Today. What's Next?

Colombia's FARC Finalize Disarmament Today. What's Next?

August 15 is the final day of the historic disarmament of Colombia's FARC rebels, paving the way for the next crucial part of the peace process: successfully reintegrating them into society. But the former combatants are vulnerable and tensions are high. Will the government be able to prevent the deterioration of Colombia's security situation and ensure that demobilized fighters do not return to crime?

Can Trump's Tough Approach 'Win' Fight Against US Opioid Crisis?

Can Trump's Tough Approach 'Win' Fight Against US Opioid Crisis?

US President Donald Trump pledged to ramp up enforcement efforts against the opioid crisis gripping the nation, but the long-awaited announcement on a strategy to tackle the deadly epidemic may not attack the root of the problem.

New US Opioid Task Force Lacks Focus on Treatment, Prevention

New US Opioid Task Force Lacks Focus on Treatment, Prevention

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced a specialized opioid detection unit to address the drug abuse crisis afflicting the country, one of the first major actions the United States has taken so far on one of President Donald Trump's key campaign promises.

Weekly InSight: Drugs and Security, Latin America's Lessons for the World

Weekly InSight: Drugs and Security, Latin America's Lessons for the World

In our August 3 Facebook Live session, Senior Editor Mike LaSusa spoke with Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Vanda Felbab-Brown about the lessons Latin America has learned in its decades-long fight against drug-related violence, and how those lessons fit into the global context.

US Warns Differences on FARC Peace Could Cause Relationship 'Problems' With Colombia

US Warns Differences on FARC Peace Could Cause Relationship 'Problems' With Colombia

A top US anti-drug official has cautioned that "bilateral political problems" could result from differences of opinion between the United States and Colombia about how to deal with rising cocaine production in the context of the ongoing implementation of a peace agreement with the FARC guerrilla group.

Uruguay to Use Seized Narco Assets for Addiction Treatment

Uruguay to Use Seized Narco Assets for Addiction Treatment

Authorities in Uruguay have announced that funds seized from drug traffickers will be used to finance resources for people with drug addictions, exemplifying one way of using these assets to target core drivers of crime and insecurity.

Colombia's Coca Farmers in Legal Dilemma That May Jeopardize New Drug Policy

Colombia's Coca Farmers in Legal Dilemma That May Jeopardize New Drug Policy

Colombia's government is intent on passing a law that will grant a one-year judicial immunity for small-scale coca farmers who agree to abandon their illegal cultivations, which is a provision of the government's peace deal with the FARC. Without guaranteeing that farmers will not be jailed in the short term, there is little hope that they will voluntarily switch to alternative crops as part of the government's new substitution program.

After the lower house passed the controversial marijuana bill July 31, Uruguay is poised to become the first country on the planet to regulate the production, sale, and distribution of the drug, and provide a model for countries looking for alternatives to the world’s dominant drug policy paradigm.