Drug War in Colombia and Mexico

February 28, 1997

The Clinton administration is expected to announce this week a list
of countries that have been uncooperative in fighting illegal drug
trafficking. Such a blacklist carries enormous weight because US
economic sanctions may follow.

Two countries in particular have received sharp scrutiny this past
year — Colombia and Mexico. The Colombian government of President
Ernesto Samper is expected to face decertification while the
Mexican government is likely to escape sanctions, despite
revelations of high-level government complicity in drug


KEN SHARPE, professor at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore,
Pennsylvania, and the author of Drug War Politics: The Price of

MARC CHERNICK, professor and director of the Andean and
Amazonian Studies Program at Georgetown University and the author
of many articles on drug trafficking and violence in Colombia and
the Andean region.

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