Accession Number : ADA536612


Title :   The International Nexus Between Drugs and Terror: Lessons in Conflict and Diplomacy


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Talbot, Kirstie I


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a536612.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 157


Abstract : This thesis examines the nexus that has evolved between terrorism and the illicit drug trade, threatening the sovereignty of countless nations worldwide. The narcoterrorist nexus is becoming ever more apparent as the transnational link between narcotics trafficking and terrorism has coerced Mexico into an on-going struggle for survival against powerful drug cartels that are ravaging the region. Does narcoterrorism pose a clear and present danger to America's national security? Is the current U.S. strategy to prosecute it effective? Moreover, are there any lessons that can be derived from the Latin American and Eurasian examples that would afford added insight into this phenomenon and assist U.S. policymaking efforts? This thesis endeavors to answer these questions through an investigation of two areas of study. First, an examination of the concepts and historical context associated with the nature of narcoterrorism are presented, highlighting numerous issues within the lexicon. Second, to ascertain if previous efforts can offer beneficial perspectives in confronting the current narcoterrorist threat, two in-depth case studies concerning Turkey and Columbia are accomplished. These two components, when combined, offer valuable lessons learned and potential policy recommendations that can be applied to the existing volatile situation.


Descriptors :   *DRUG SMUGGLING , *TERRORISM , MEXICO , NATIONAL SECURITY , POLICIES , THESES


Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE