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A war that can't be won : binational perspectives on the war on drugs

Author: Tony Payan; Kathleen A Staudt; Z Anthony Kruszewski
Publisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©2013 [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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More than forty years have passed since President Richard Nixon described illegal drugs as?public enemy number one? and declared a?War on Drugs.? Recently the United Nations Global Commission on Drug Policy declared that?the global war on drugs has failed with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world.? Arguably, no other country has suffered as much from the War on Drugs as Mexico.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tony Payan; Kathleen A Staudt; Z Anthony Kruszewski
ISBN: 9780816530335 0816530335 9780816530342 0816530343
OCLC Number: 835619765
Description: xvi, 341 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The many labyrinths of illegal drug policy: framing the issues / Tony Payan --
Cartels, corruption, carnage, and cooperation / William C. Martin --
President Felipe Calderón's strategy to combat organized crime / Marcos Pablo Moloeznik --
Drug wars, social networks, and the right to information: informal media as freedom of the press in northern Mexico / Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, José Nava --
Political protection and the origins of the Gulf Cartel / Carlos Antonio Flores Pérez --
Organized crime as the highest threat to Mexican national security and democracy / Raúl Benítez Manaut --
A federalist George W. Bush and an anti-federalist Barack Obama? The irony and paradoxes behind Republican and Democratic administration drug policies / José D. Villalobos --
Caught in the middle: undocumented migrants' experiences with drug violence / Jeremy Slack, Scott Whiteford --
Challenging foreign policy from the border: the forty-year war on drugs / Kathleen Staudt, Beto O'Rourke --
The role of citizens and civil society in Mexico's security crisis / Daniel M. Sabet --
Regulating drugs as a crime: a challenge for the social sciences / Israel Alvarado Martínez, Germán Guillén López --
The U.S. causes but cannot (or will not) solve Mexico's drug problems / Jonathan P. Caulkins, Eric L. Sevigny --
Conclusion: A war that can't be won? / Tony Payan, Kathleen Staudt.
Responsibility: edited by Tony Payan, Kathleen Staudt, and Z. Anthony Kruszewski.

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More than forty years have passed since President Richard Nixon described illegal drugs as?public enemy number one? and declared a?War on Drugs.? Recently the United Nations Global Commission on Drug Policy declared that?the global war on drugs has failed with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world.? Arguably, no other country has suffered as much from the War on Drugs as Mexico. From 2006 to 2012 alone, at least sixty thousand people have died. Some experts have said that the actual number is more than one hundred thousand. Because the war was conceived and structured by US policymakers and officials, many commentators believe that the United States is deeply implicated in the bloodshed. A War that Can't Be Won is the first book to include contributions from scholars on both sides of the US-Mexico border. It provides a unique breadth of perspective on the many dimensions of the societal crisis that affects residents of both nations--particularly those who live and work in the borderlands. It also proposes practical steps toward solving a crisis that shows no signs of abating under current policies. Each chapter is based on well-documented data, including previously unavailable evidence that was obtained through freedom-of-information inquiries in Mexico. By bringing together views from both sides of the border, as well as from various academic disciplines, this volume offers a much wider view of a complex problem--and possible solutions.

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The narratives of a failed drug war

by creechan (WorldCat user published 2014-03-13) Excellent Permalink

This is an important book. The fact is that there is a bifurcated literature addressing the drug-war in Mexico: on one hand, there are many Spanish language investigative reports that offer a detailed insight into the history and conduct of the war on drugs while on the other there are an increasing...
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