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In “Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime in the Americas: Major Trends in the Twenty-First Century,” noted expert Bruce Bagley examines adaptations and trends in the illicit drug economy over the last several decades. He explores the increasing globalization of drug trafficking and consumption as well as the unintended consequences of the U.S.-led ‘war on drugs.’  As regional support for alternative anti-narcotics policies has grown, Bagley provides essential background about the changing dynamics of the drug economy,the proliferation of drug smuggling routes, and the fragmentation of organized criminal networks across sub-regions. 


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Bruce Bagley

University of Miami
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The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more