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The Role of the DEA in the Emergence of the Field of Anti-narcotics Policing in Latin America

The Role of the DEA in the Emergence of the Field of Anti-narcotics Policing in Latin America Global Governance 24 (2018), 169–191 The Role of the DEA in the Emergence of the Field of Anti-narcotics Policing in Latin America Carlos A. Pérez Ricart In this article, I examine the institutional responses that arose in Latin America around the issue of drug trafficking during the 1970s, in particular the emer- gence of anti-narcotics policing in that period. The central focus is on the man- ner in which the anti-narcotics agencies of the United States—especially the Drug Enforcement Administration—contributed to the structuring of the field of anti-narcotics policing in Latin America. Staring from a reexamination of various documentary and archival collections, I analyze the origins of the anti-narcotics police institutions in Latin America, along with the diffusion of the practices of institutional development undertaken by the DEA, such as the creation of police networks in the region. KEYWORDS: Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), or- ganizational field, militarization, security, anti-narcotics policy. THE YEAR 1973 SAW THE FOUNDING OF THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMIN- istration (DEA), an organization that concentrated police duties surround- ing drug crimes in the United States at a federal level. The DEA’s structure, duties, and a large part of its personnel were inherited from two precursor agencies—the Bureau http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

The Role of the DEA in the Emergence of the Field of Anti-narcotics Policing in Latin America

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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Abstract

Global Governance 24 (2018), 169–191 The Role of the DEA in the Emergence of the Field of Anti-narcotics Policing in Latin America Carlos A. Pérez Ricart In this article, I examine the institutional responses that arose in Latin America around the issue of drug trafficking during the 1970s, in particular the emer- gence of anti-narcotics policing in that period. The central focus is on the man- ner in which the anti-narcotics agencies of the United States—especially the Drug Enforcement Administration—contributed to the structuring of the field of anti-narcotics policing in Latin America. Staring from a reexamination of various documentary and archival collections, I analyze the origins of the anti-narcotics police institutions in Latin America, along with the diffusion of the practices of institutional development undertaken by the DEA, such as the creation of police networks in the region. KEYWORDS: Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), or- ganizational field, militarization, security, anti-narcotics policy. THE YEAR 1973 SAW THE FOUNDING OF THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMIN- istration (DEA), an organization that concentrated police duties surround- ing drug crimes in the United States at a federal level. The DEA’s structure, duties, and a large part of its personnel were inherited from two precursor agencies—the Bureau

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 19, 2018

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