Coffee producers in Bolivia are abandoning coffee to cultivate coca, says the head of the country's coffee federation, illustrating the appeal of a crop that is less susceptible to wide price fluctuations on global commodity markets.
As Russia deepens its military and counternarcotics involvement in Latin America, the United States has to decide whether this represents competition, or welcome cooperation in the war on drugs.
The White House's 2013 National Drug Control Strategy Report maintains the previous year's focus on prevention and treatment as the means to reduce demand for illegal drugs, and places increased emphasis on prescription drug abuse.
Seven former Brazilian justice ministers have declared their support for the decriminalization of drug possession for personal use, mirroring a regional shift in thinking on drug policy that the Brazilian government has so far resisted.
A current high-ranking State Department official and former ambassador to Colombia has predicted that drug traffickers will revive trafficking routes through the Caribbean due to law enforcement pressures in Central America.
Uruguay's government has launched a public awareness campaign to sway public opinion in favor of an initiative to legalize marijuana, in what it says is an attempt to reduce drug-related violence.
The United States has donated 12 aircraft to the Bolivian Air Force for use in counternarcotics operations, indicating that despite a rocky relationship, anti-drug cooperation between the two countries continues.
After just over 100 days in office, two story lines are emerging about Enrique Peña Nieto: one says that the new Mexican president is subtly continuing his predecessor’s "war on drugs;" the other that he is backing off, creating the conditions for a more "peaceful" underworld.
In an interview with El Espectador, Foreign Minister Luis Fernando Carrera explained Guatemala's plan to facilitate a "historic dialogue" for new strategies in the fight against drug trafficking at the meeting of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States this July.
In its latest annual drugs report, the United Nations' independent drugs watchdog has sharply criticized pro-legalization arguments being made by some Latin American nations, mentioning Uruguay and Central American countries.