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Brazil Is Top Cocaine Transshipment Country for Europe, Africa, Asia

Brazil Is Top Cocaine Transshipment Country for Europe, Africa, Asia

Much of the South American cocaine destined for global markets flows through Brazil according a UN report, and there are a number of factors that make the former Portuguese colony an ideal launching point for the drug’s international distribution. 

Is the Global Cocaine Trade in Decline?

Is the Global Cocaine Trade in Decline?

The latest United Nations drug report poses a question with major implications for Latin American organized crime: is the global cocaine market shrinking?

Peru's Coca Hub is a 'Time Bomb': Drug Policy Specialist

Peru's Coca Hub is a 'Time Bomb': Drug Policy Specialist

Security specialist Rubén Vargas called Peru's biggest coca hub a "time bomb" while discussing the failings of the outgoing administration's anti-drug policies and outlining the challenges ahead for the incoming government.

Paraguay President Accepts Resignation of Anti-Drug Czar

Paraguay President Accepts Resignation of Anti-Drug Czar

Paraguay's top counternarcotics official has resigned after a botched security operation left a three-year-old girl dead, removing a controversial figure that nevertheless kept the drug issue high on the agenda in South America's principal marijuana producing country. 

DEA Praises Ecuador for Increasing Drug Seizures

DEA Praises Ecuador for Increasing Drug Seizures

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently presented an award to Ecuador’s Interior Ministry in recognition of the country’s drug interdiction efforts, signaling its approval of increasing drug seizures by Ecuadorian authorities.

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.

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.