Drug War

US-Mexico ‘Action Plan’ Thinks Big, but Impact May Be Small

The United States and Mexico have announced plans for renewed cooperation on combating Mexico-based drug trafficking groups. But although the proposed strategy sounds promising on paper, it may be difficult to implement…

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After Working With CIA, Old-School ‘Cocaine Cowboys’ Face US Justice

A US court handed down an 11-year sentence to a former “cocaine cowboy” whose brother is currently fighting deportation from the United States. Both men worked alongside the US government at the time of their drug trafficking activities, lending a certain irony to their current legal predicaments…

This piece was co-authored with Parker Asmann. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Weekly InSight: Is the International Consensus Around Drug Policy Shifting?

In our March 1 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Deborah Bonello and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed a new United Nations report on global drug control, and how the report’s main conclusions signal an ongoing shift in the international consensus around drug policies…

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UN Drug Control Board Emphasizes Prevention, Treatment in New Report

The United Nations agency in charge of monitoring compliance with international drug control agreements released a report urging countries around the world to improve efforts to prevent and treat problematic drug use, underscoring a continuing shift away from traditional counternarcotics policies…

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Weekly InSight: GameChangers in Latin America Organized Crime in 2017

In our January 25 Facebook Live session, InSight Crime Co-Director Jeremy McDermott and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed our annual GameChangers series, covering the most important recent trends in organized crime in Latin America…

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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 international allies, backing flawed anti-crime strategies throughout the region, and pursuing counterproductive domestic policies…

This piece was co-authored with Tristan Clavel. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

US Congressional Hearing Renews Debate on Efficacy of ‘Kingpin List’

A recent US congressional hearing on the effectiveness of financially sanctioning criminal organizations illustrated some of the flaws in the practice and also provided suggestions for how to improve it…

This piece was co-authored with Parker Asmann. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.