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UN Report Calls for New Strategies to Curb Growing Global Drug Market

A new report from the United Nations says global cocaine and opium production are at an all-time high, and joins other international bodies in calling for more...
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Colombia Coca Production Hits New Record High, US Figures Say

US estimates of coca production in Colombia show the Andean nation has set a new record for the amount of the drug-producing crop under cultivation, confirming a...
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Guatemala’s First Coca Farm Signals Expansion of CentAm ‘Experiments’

The first-of-its-kind discovery of a coca farm in Guatemala may be a sign that drug trafficking groups looking to cut risks and transport costs could be expanding...
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Boosting Legal Market for Coca Could Reduce Colombia Violence: Report

A new report suggests Colombia should pivot away from traditional drug eradication measures that have had limited long-term success in addressing the cultivation of...
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Coca, Cocaine and Guerrillas: Capturing the ‘Lost War’

Photographer Carlos Villalon has captured the cocaine trade, the most infamous value chain on the planet, from its tiny seeds to its bloodiest...
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Colombia Social Leaders Caught in Crossfire of Battle for Pacific Coast

Social leaders in Colombia are being killed at an alarming rate following the government's signing of a peace agreement with the FARC rebel group, highlighting how...
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Colombia’s Natural Parks Remain Criminal Safe Havens: Report

Despite President Santos’ promise to rid Colombia’s natural parks from coca crops, a news report argues that the country's ecologically-rich protected areas...
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Criminal Violence Threatens Colombia Drug Crop Substitution: Report

A new report says that homicide rates increased substantially between 2016 and 2017 in municipalities in Colombia partaking in coca crop substitution programs,...
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GameChangers 2017: Drug Trade Dynamics Shape Latin America’s Criminal Landscape

Latin America’s criminal landscape continued to evolve this year, driven by the ongoing record production of cocaine in South America’s Andean region, the...
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GameChangers 2017: Trump Stumbles on Latin America Security

President Donald Trump’s approach to US security policy in Latin America has flailed during his first year in office, with his administration alienating key...
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GameChangers 2017: Colombia’s Cocaine Explosion Stokes Political and Social Crises

Cocaine is one of the world’s most in-demand drugs. Its production center is in the Andean region of Colombia, Peru and Bolivia, where...
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Colombia Sends Mixed Messages on 2018 Coca Eradication Goal

The government of Colombia has issued seemingly contradictory statements regarding the amount of coca it aims to forcibly eradicate next year....