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By Victor J. Hinojosa

This ebook examines diverse degrees of narcotics keep watch over cooperation among the U.S., Mexico and Colombia. Victor J. Hinojosa unearths that Mexico is constantly held to a truly diverse common than Colombia and that the U.S. frequently satisfies family political pressures to be difficult on medications through punishing Colombia whereas permitting Mexico even more freedom to pursue assorted strategies. He additionally explores the position of family terrorism and presidential popularity in Colombia for the US-Colombia pair and the position of competing matters within the US-Mexican bilateral schedule for that state pair, discovering that congressional strain and electoral exams exert the main impression on US habit yet that Mexican and Colombian habit is better defined in alternative routes. jointly, those findings recommend either the promise of integrating the examine of diplomacy and comparative politics and significant obstacles of the theoretical framework.

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He had long been an outspoken critic of the drug trade and had been instrumental in keeping Pablo Escobar from taking the congressional seat he had previously won. Because he was seen as such a threat to drug traffickers, Medellín cartel leaders had reportedly offered a $500,000 dollar reward for his murder, and Galán narrowly escaped an assassination attempt on August 5. On August 18, there was no escape. This resulted in a strong response from the Barco administration. Barco in effect declared war on the drug traffickers and began making massive arrests, seizures, and extraditions to the United States.

Salinas created a new branch of the Attorney General’s office dedicated to narcotics control efforts and began a 1,200 officer unit of “special groups” to be inserted in the Federal Judicial Police force. In announcing the new officers, Salinas repeated the national security rhetoric he consistently invoked when speaking of the drug trade, “Narcotics trafficking has become a grave risk to the security of the nation” (Rohther, 1989b). S. S. authorities arranged for Mexican bounty hunters to capture Dr.

The Gaviria administration did not move decisively against the Cali kingpins. Despite these events, the Bush administration continued to support Colombia and Gaviria, even increasing aid to Colombia. S. did not respond to Gaviria’s dramatic turn is due in large part to Washington’s recognition of the extraordinary crisis in Colombia and the need to end the violence. S. responded favorably to Barco’s equally-dramatic turn, they did not respond harshly to Gaviria precisely because of the pressures the violence placed on him.

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