Cocaine’s Long March North, 1900–2010

  title={Cocaine’s Long March North, 1900–2010},
  author={Paul Eliot Gootenberg},
  journal={Latin American Politics and Society},
  pages={159 - 180}
  • P. Gootenberg
  • Published 1 March 2012
  • Political Science
  • Latin American Politics and Society
Abstract This essay charts the entanglements and “blowback” effects of U.S. policy toward Latin American drug exports over the last century as the backdrop to today’s cascading drug violence in northern Mexico. The history of cocaine reveals a series of major geopolitical shifts (closely related to U.S. interdictionist drug war policies) that bring drug commodity chains, illicit trafficking centers, and conflicts, over the long run, closer to the United States. It analyzes shifts from initial… 
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