Drugs and Security in the Caribbean: Sovereignty under Siege

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Sunday, March 1, 1998
Bruce Zagaris
The author, a political science professor at Florida International University and a specialist on Caribbean security matters, promotes that the drug phenomenon in the Caribbean constitutes a security matter for the region. Griffith supports this idea by arguing that: drug operations have multiple consequences and implications, including increased crime, systemic and institutionalized corruption, arms trafficking, and multiple effects; operations and consequences have increased in scope and gravity over the last decade; they have significant impact on national security and good governance in military, political, and economic ways; and both state (e.g., the U.S.) and nonstate (e.g., organized criminal groups) actors test and infringe on both the formal-legal and positive sovereignty of Caribbean countries... [more]