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The Impact of Drug Trafficking on the Socio Cultural Milieu of the Indigenous Population of Darien in the Republic of Panama

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Technical Report,08 Aug 2016,23 May 2017

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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Drug trafficking is a problem that impacts indigenous populations in the Province of Darien, Panama. Criminal bands are taking advantage of the vulnerabilities of these alienated populations in order to use indigenous persons as cargo mules on the land routes connecting Colombia to Panama and onwards toward Central America. This research attempts to answer the question How does drug trafficking impact the indigenous populations in the Province of Darien of the Republic of Panama To answer the question, this research focuses on development initiatives by the Panamanian state, local attempts at human development, and how the government has used its powers to mitigate the influence of drug trafficking among indigenous populations. The research determines that the Panamanian Government, through its various agencies, should undertake various lines of effort in order to develop indigenous communities and improve avenues of communication in order to further improve education, health care, and vocational programs that would provide local populations the tools they need in order to be competitive in the contemporary labor market.

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  • Sociology and Law
  • Government and Political Science

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