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Snow Job: The War Against International Cocaine Trafficking (Hardback)
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Snow Job: The War Against International Cocaine Trafficking (Hardback)

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Hardback 316 Pages / Published: 31/01/1996
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Cocaine has had a long and prominent position in the history of American substance abuse. As far back as the late 1800s cocaine was commonly found hi patent medicines, elixirs, and, astonishingly, in the earliest versions of Coca-Cola. Eventually, the potency of cocaine was recognized and its purveyors came under gradual regulation. Events hi the early 1900s kept cocaine use down until World War II, but the extensive drug use of the 1960s once again sparked a national temperance movement. Created in 1989, the Office of National Drug Control Policy maintains responsibility for coordinating and monitoring the nation's countemarcotics policy. But responsibility for coordination and monitoring is not the same thing as control.

In Snow Job? Kevin Jack Riley examines source country control policies-policies intended to control the production and export of cocaine from Latin America-and their limitations. Part I draws together drug use, drug production, and drug control policies hi an analytic framework. It goes on to examine the recent history of U.S. drug control policies, source country control policies, the ways hi which cocaine prices affect cocaine use, how cocaine is made, and the vulnerable points in its production. Part II examines the economic effects that production and controls exert on the sources of cocaine-Bolivia and Peru-and probes the Colombian drug lord connection. Part III prescribes an appropriate path for source country cocaine policies and examines their implications for two other widely smuggled drugs, heroin and marijuana.

Riley disagrees with analysts who believe that source country control policies can lead to permanent victory hi the war against cocaine, because of the potentially high costs associated with implementing source country control policies on a large scale. He suggests a better strategy would be one that recognizes the severe limits facing interdiction, eradication, and other source country policies, and instead focuses on directing source country resources where they will be most useful. This necessitates defining a regional strategy that elevates political stability and institution building, and demotes traditional countemarcotics objectives. Snow Job? offers original thinking and practical approaches to a multidimensional world problem and will be of interest to policymakers, political scientists, sociologists, and law enforcement officials.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9781560002420
Number of pages: 316
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Kevin Jack Riley eloquently and convincingly illustrates how international drug control policies have failed and why, debunking the many myths perpetuated about the "supply-side" approach. Through insightful analysis of the Andean region of Latin America, he lays out the costs and consequences of U.S. policy to date. Riley argues forcefully for the need to integrate analysis of marginal costs and benefits into drug control policy and to buck political trends by reorienting resources where they will be most effective. This superb book should be required reading for politicians in Washington grappling with this thorny problem."

--Coletta Youngers, Washington Office on Latin America

"Employing concrete examples to support his theories, Riley argues that source-country interdiction policies are as prone to failure as eradication. . . . [He] presents a convincing critique of United States drug control objectives in the Andean region."

--Joseph A. Gagliano, The Americas

"This book is a thorough and informative Rand corporation study of the international aspects of the U.S. war on drugs, especially the efforts to eradicate coca production in Bolivia, Columbia, and Peru and to interdict cocaine shipped mainly from Columbia."

--Foreign Affairs

"Riley offers a brilliant framework for understanding the dynamics between the Latin American cocaine trade and the policies designed to suppress it. He presents an air tight case for the need to include an assessment of the unintended consequences of our policies in any debate about whether we should stay the course or go back to the drawing board. This sobering and compelling book is a must read for anyone in the trenches or behind the battlelines who is dedicated to the cause of wrestling with one of the most vexing public policy challenges of our time."

--Stephen E. Flynn, U.S. Coast Guard Academy

"Snow Job adds dimensionality and depth to the growing debate about international drug control policy. In an engaging book that is accessible to the public and policymakers, Dr. Riley comprehensively analyzes international control policy's strength and weaknesses, evaluates their implications for national drug control and foreign policy objectives, and proposes practical and attainable changes that would make more effective use of limited drug control resources. The result is a book that could, and perhaps should, help shape the next generation of drug control policy."

--Dr. James A. Thomson, Rand

"Snow Job? Is the first effort to put together a sensible economic analysis of the limits of foreign drug control with an understanding of the political analysis of the limits of aggressive US interventions against the Andean countries. The result is invariably interesting and sobering and important at a time when the drug policy hawks are determined to rachet up the campaign against producers."

--Peter Reuter, Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland; former director of RAND's Drug Policy Research Center


"Kevin Jack Riley eloquently and convincingly illustrates how international drug control policies have failed and why, debunking the many myths perpetuated about the "supply-side" approach. Through insightful analysis of the Andean region of Latin America, he lays out the costs and consequences of U.S. policy to date. Riley argues forcefully for the need to integrate analysis of marginal costs and benefits into drug control policy and to buck political trends by reorienting resources where they will be most effective. This superb book should be required reading for politicians in Washington grappling with this thorny problem."

--Coletta Youngers, Washington Office on Latin America

"Employing concrete examples to support his theories, Riley argues that source-country interdiction policies are as prone to failure as eradication. . . . [He] presents a convincing critique of United States drug control objectives in the Andean region."

--Joseph A. Gagliano, The Americas

"This book is a thorough and informative Rand corporation study of the international aspects of the U.S. war on drugs, especially the efforts to eradicate coca production in Bolivia, Columbia, and Peru and to interdict cocaine shipped mainly from Columbia."

--Foreign Affairs

"Riley offers a brilliant framework for understanding the dynamics between the Latin American cocaine trade and the policies designed to suppress it. He presents an air tight case for the need to include an assessment of the unintended consequences of our policies in any debate about whether we should stay the course or go back to the drawing board. This sobering and compelling book is a must read for anyone in the trenches or behind the battlelines who is dedicated to the cause of wrestling with one of the most vexing public policy challenges of our time."

--Stephen E. Flynn, U.S. Coast Guard Academy

"Snow Job adds dimensionality and depth to the growing debate about international drug control policy. In an engaging book that is accessible to the public and policymakers, Dr. Riley comprehensively analyzes international control policy's strength and weaknesses, evaluates their implications for national drug control and foreign policy objectives, and proposes practical and attainable changes that would make more effective use of limited drug control resources. The result is a book that could, and perhaps should, help shape the next generation of drug control policy."

--Dr. James A. Thomson, Rand

"Snow Job? Is the first effort to put together a sensible economic analysis of the limits of foreign drug control with an understanding of the political analysis of the limits of aggressive US interventions against the Andean countries. The result is invariably interesting and sobering and important at a time when the drug policy hawks are determined to rachet up the campaign against producers."

--Peter Reuter, Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland; former director of RAND's Drug Policy Research Center


-Kevin Jack Riley eloquently and convincingly illustrates how international drug control policies have failed and why, debunking the many myths perpetuated about the -supply-side- approach. Through insightful analysis of the Andean region of Latin America, he lays out the costs and consequences of U.S. policy to date. Riley argues forcefully for the need to integrate analysis of marginal costs and benefits into drug control policy and to buck political trends by reorienting resources where they will be most effective. This superb book should be required reading for politicians in Washington grappling with this thorny problem.-

--Coletta Youngers, Washington Office on Latin America

-Employing concrete examples to support his theories, Riley argues that source-country interdiction policies are as prone to failure as eradication. . . . [He] presents a convincing critique of United States drug control objectives in the Andean region.-

--Joseph A. Gagliano, The Americas

-This book is a thorough and informative Rand corporation study of the international aspects of the U.S. war on drugs, especially the efforts to eradicate coca production in Bolivia, Columbia, and Peru and to interdict cocaine shipped mainly from Columbia.-

--Foreign Affairs

-Riley offers a brilliant framework for understanding the dynamics between the Latin American cocaine trade and the policies designed to suppress it. He presents an air tight case for the need to include an assessment of the unintended consequences of our policies in any debate about whether we should stay the course or go back to the drawing board. This sobering and compelling book is a must read for anyone in the trenches or behind the battlelines who is dedicated to the cause of wrestling with one of the most vexing public policy challenges of our time.-

--Stephen E. Flynn, U.S. Coast Guard Academy

-Snow Job adds dimensionality and depth to the growing debate about international drug control policy. In an engaging book that is accessible to the public and policymakers, Dr. Riley comprehensively analyzes international control policy's strength and weaknesses, evaluates their implications for national drug control and foreign policy objectives, and proposes practical and attainable changes that would make more effective use of limited drug control resources. The result is a book that could, and perhaps should, help shape the next generation of drug control policy.-

--Dr. James A. Thomson, Rand

-Snow Job? Is the first effort to put together a sensible economic analysis of the limits of foreign drug control with an understanding of the political analysis of the limits of aggressive US interventions against the Andean countries. The result is invariably interesting and sobering and important at a time when the drug policy hawks are determined to rachet up the campaign against producers.-

--Peter Reuter, Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland; former director of RAND's Drug Policy Research Center

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