Controlling illegal trafficking in narcotics is a complex challenge. Dilemmas for policymakers abound. Despite new measures adopted by the international community that have led to tactical victories, the flow of illicit drugs into the United States continues largely unabated, and worldwide production of opium, marijuana, and coca continues to grow dramatically. In this timely work, specialists from government, academia, and the private sector debate recent U.S. foreign drug policy—its origins, its elements, its implementation, and its prospects for success. Serious conflicts between U.S. international narcotics policy and U.S. foreign policy contribute to the dilemmas inherent in curbing global drug trafficking: Interdicting drugs interrupts the free flow of goods, people, and wealth across international borders. International political and economic instabilities, especially political breakups and ethnic strife in former police states, complicate U.S. foreign drug policy. Because U.S. antidrug goals can bring political disruption and economic loss to countries where narcotics production is economically and socially entrenched, the United States must cooperate with an international antinarcotics coalition of producer, transit, and consumer nations, operating within the context of their perspectives and priorities while trying to achieve competing U.S. foreign policy goals.

chapter 4|18 pages

International Drug Policy and the U.S. Congress

ByRaphael F. Perl

chapter 5|21 pages

The Role of Law Enforcement

ByDavid L. Westrate

chapter 6|30 pages

The Role of the Military

ByDonald J. Mabry

chapter 8|29 pages

World-Wide and Regional Anti-Drug Programs

ByIrving Tragen

chapter 9|23 pages

Drugs in Post-Communist Societies

ByRensselaer W. Lee, Scott MacDonald

chapter 10|13 pages

The Limits and Consequences of U.S. Foreign Drug Control Efforts

ByPeter Reuter