The Report of the Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission, published this month, offers a frank evaluation of US counternarcotics policy in the Americas and recommendations for its reform. The report concludes that, while there have been some promising results, these policies have caused considerable harm to vulnerable populations and failed to produce meaningful change in the consumption and production of drugs. The release of the report on the cusp of a presidential transition provides an alternative approach for the Biden Administration, US Congress and its regional partners to rethink drug policy, but it has also provoked pushback from those who defend the current approach.
Why have illegal drugs remained abundant and drug trafficking organizations thrived despite aggressive enforcement measures? What tangible reforms can be made to US agencies overseeing these efforts and to bilateral partnerships in the Americas? What are the unique implications of such recommendations for Colombia, Mexico, and the Northern Triangle?
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Former President of Colombia; member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy (@JuanManSantos)
Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission chair; Vice President and Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin American Studies, Council on Foreign Relations (@shannonkoneil)
Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission vice chair; Former Ambassador of the United States to Brazil
Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, Inter-American Dialogue (@camillerimj)