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Drugs and Security in the Caribbean: Sovereignty Under Siege


Publisher:Pennsylvania State Univ Pr (Txt)



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This is the best regional treatment of the narcotics plague yet written.-Strategic Review"A good and comprehensive introductory book to some of the most critical issues on the transnational features of the drug problem."-International Affairs"This study is an urgent and compelling work. Complete and authoritative, it is unique in its wealth of detail, presented in a clear analytical framework. It fully makes the case that drugs are a 'clear and present danger' to Caribbean countries which threaten to destroy their economy, their democratic institutions, and the stability of society. It is an eloquent call for action."-Ambassador Ambler H. Moss, Jr., Director, North-South Center, University of Miami"This book defines the 'state of the art' in the study of drugs and security issues in the Caribbean. Arms, money, corruption, crime, logistics-it is all here. Griffith is both comprehensive and clear in his analysis and description of this shared international catastrophe in our times."-Jorge Dominguez, Harvard UniversityA comprehensive study of the drug dilemma in the Caribbean that reveals the severity of the threat illegal drug trafficking poses to the small countries of that region.The illegal drug traffic in the Caribbean is a persistent problem for law enforcement in the United States, but for small countries in that region it threatens their very existence. The increase in the production and flow of drugs undermines the political stability and economic development because it leads to crime, corruption, and arms trafficking and affects tourism. And although all these countries, except Cuba, are democracies, the need to commit military and paramilitary forces in the war against drugs can seriously undermine democratic governance in those nations.Ivelaw Griffith has undertaken the first extensive study of illegal drugs in the Caribbean by examining the nature and scope of drug operations, probing the security implications of those operations and the problems they cau

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