Following more than 40 years of conflict, the Colombian state has been moved down the list of priorities in the United States’ war on drugs. The United States provided the Colombian government with support for anti-narcotic initiatives, with some in part meant to combat the social and political opposition formed by the Colombian leftist-guerilla groups, and the Colombian cartels. The analysis of the war on drugs was broken down into three chapters, which together are meant to tell the narrative of the war on drugs in Colombia and the resulting fall out that has followed major policy shifts in Colombia. From the three differing perspectives, along with their own involvement and action in the war, it is clear that United States policy in Colombia failed to eliminate the production of narcotics. The policies did manage to produce unintended consequences, a militarization of Colombia’s response to issues, and a policy of going after individuals instead of operations. The war on drugs in Colombia was a policy failure, and the United States struggled to adapt to an industry manned by many of the actors locked in the same conflict. The implication of these outcomes is a greater understanding of just how complicated the situation in Colombia was, and how difficult it can be to produce results.
History; Global and International Studies
Prien, Aidan N., "Running in Place: The United States War on Drugs in Colombia (1960-2003)" (2017). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 7771.
Latin American History | Political History | United States History
War on Drugs, Colombia, United States, Cocaine, Narcotics
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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