Magazine Article - MIT Center for International Studies Audit of the Conventional Wisdom

A Better Strategy against Narcoterrorism

| January 2006

Overview

It is widely recognized that access by belligerent groups to the gains from drug production and trafficking contributes to the intensity and prolongation of military conflict. Also, that such groups—terrorists, insurgents, or warlords—grow stronger when they successfully exploit the drug trade. The United States' response—its antinarcotics policy— emphasizes crop eradication. This strategy is too simplistic and, ultimately, ineffective.

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For Academic Citation: Felbab-Brown, Vanda. “A Better Strategy against Narcoterrorism.” MIT Center for International Studies Audit of the Conventional Wisdom, vol. 06-02. January 2006,
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