The Role of Security Assistance in the Andean Initiative
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This study analyzes security assistance programs supporting the Presidents Andean Initiative. It describes conditions in Bolivia, Peru, and Colombia which foster coca growing, and the local police and military agencies with counterdrug responsibilities. The thesis examines the nature of security assistance and how various security assistance programs support the goal of supply reduction. It also examines Congressional changes to security assistance legislation. The findings reveal that problems of corruption, weak economies, and Poor institutional development in the Andean countries limit the effectiveness of American security assistance in reducing the flow of cocaine into the United States. The study concludes that security assistance is unlikely to contribute to reducing the flow of cocaine. The nature and perception of the problem in the Andean Region, together with wide-spread local corruption, negate the intended effects of security assistance. It also concluded that the threat posed by illicit drugs cannot be eliminated by supply-side measures. Counterdrug, Andean Initiative, Security Assistance, Coca, Cocaine, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia.
- Sociology and Law