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Seeing Drugs: Modernization, Counterinsurgency, and U.S. Narcotics Control in the Third World, 1969-1976 (New Studies in U.S. Foreign Relations)

Daniel Weimer

Verlag: Kent State Univ Pr, 2011
ISBN 10: 1606350595 / ISBN 13: 9781606350591
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Titel: Seeing Drugs: Modernization, ...

Verlag: Kent State Univ Pr

Erscheinungsdatum: 2011

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Inhaltsangabe: A timely historical analysis of a persistent global problem

Since its declaration in the early 1970s, the American drug war has spanned the globe in a quest to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States. Explaining the conceptual framework within which policymakers understood illegal opium production and trafficking, Seeing Drugs examines the genesis of the war on drugs during the Nixon and Ford administrations when the United States developed the policies that set the parameters of subsequent American drug control abroad.

Faced with rising heroin use in the United States and the fear of drug-addicted Vietnam veterans carrying their affliction home and propelled by the belief that heroin addiction spreads like a contagious disease, U.S. officials identified three Third World nations--Thailand, Burma, and Mexico--as the primary sources of illegal narcotics servicing the American drug market. Author Daniel Weimer demonstrates that drug-control officials in these countries confronted a host of interlocking factors shaping the illicit narcotics trade and that, in response to these challenges, policymakers applied modernization and counterinsurgency theory to devise strategies to assist the Thai, Burmese, and Mexican governments in curbing drug trafficking. The Nixon and Ford administrations sincerely believed their policies could rein in the narcotics trade and diminish addiction within the United States. In the end, however, the drug war only guaranteed continued American intervention in the Third World, where the majority of illegal drug crops grew.

Through interdisciplinary and comparative analysis, Seeing Drugs examines the contours of the burgeoning drug war, the cultural significance of drugs and addiction, and their links to the formation of national identity within the United States, Thailand, Burma, and Mexico. By highlighting the prevalence of modernization and counterinsurgency discourse within drug-control policy, Weimer reveals an unexplored and important facet of the history of U.S-Third World interaction.

"Daniel Weimer's Seeing Drugs puts a new spin on scholarship dealing with U.S. drug-control policy during the period 1969-1976 by examining it through the lens of cultural diplomacy." --Mary Ann Heiss, Editor, New Studies in U.S. Foreign Relations Series

"Essential reading for anyone interested in both the history of U.S. drug policy and the process of modernization during the Cold War." --William O. Walker III, author of Drugs in the Western Hemisphere and Opium and Foreign Policy

Über den Autor: Daniel Weimer is assistant professor of history at Wheeling Jesuit University, where he teaches courses on contemporary America, international relations, and environmentalism. His current research explores the theme of the control of nature within American foreign relations.

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