5 USLAC Notes

5 USLAC Notes - USLAC 10/27 Notes Next week: guest...

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USLAC 10/27 Notes Next week: guest lecturers! o Mon: UCSD: David Mares (counternarcotics) No new readings for this talk Maybe look at his work b4 class ___ wars and Coffee houses o Wed: Peter Smith on Cuba Reading: Cuba Chapter in Crandall Talons of the eagle o No class discussion for next week! No country presentations! Crandall worked in Defense Dept on counter narcotics o Difficult to estimate demand, supply, price of illegal drugs o Price of coke has decreased while purity has improved Is this success or failure? Sometimes look at acreage planted Coca has religious and medicinal uses, but the majority of it is used to produce cocaine o Author quotes others to avoid revealing his own views, but those quotes indicate his views o Bolivia Terrible blowback b/c direct link btw rise of Morales and US’ attempts to destroy the livelihoods of his constituency (thru force!) Does the focus on drugs help or hurt? Drug cartel equilibrium disrupted in Mexico o Good or bad? Does this make things worse? Does doing the same thing over and over make sense if the situation is
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