The Latin American Narcotics Trade and U.S. National Security


The Latin American narcotics trade is an important national security issue for the United States because it is destabilizing important Latin American allies and creating serious social problems within the United States. Frustration with the inability to block the flow of cocaine, marijuana, and heroin from Latin America prompted passage of major national anti-drug laws in 1986 and 1988. Throughout the decade, United States narcotics policy has created serious friction between the United States and Latin America yet, according to Mabry, it essentially has failed in its goals. An extensive bibliography is included, designed to give other scholars and those interested in this issue an excellent start for further research.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Douglas Clark Kinder
  • Richard B. Craig
  • Bruce Michael Bagley
  • Rensselaer W. Lee III
  • Donald J. Mabry
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1989


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