LA Times Misfires in Attempt to Shoot Down Bolivian Drug Control Efforts

AIN comments on “Peru may resume shooting down suspected coke -smuggling planes” in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times. On April 26th, the Los Angeles Times published an article criticizing Bolivia’s role as an ‘air bridge’ facilitating the passage of cocaine between producers in Peru and consumers in Brazil and beyond. The article included extended commentary from Peruvian and Chilean sources and a […]

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Latin America Advisor Q&A: What Should Bolivians Expect From a Third Morales Term?

Excerpt from the Inter-American Dialogue’s newsletter, the Latin American Advisor.  For the full version, please see the Inter-American Dialogue’s website. Featured Q & A: Bolivian President Evo Morales won re-election on Sunday, Oct. 12 with an estimated 60 percent of the vote. What can investors expect from another Morales administration? What do Sunday’s legislative election results suggest about Morales’ governing strength […]

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Latin American Advisor Q&A: Is Bolivia’s Morales a shoo-in for a third term?

Excerpt from the Inter-American Dialogue’s newsletter, the Latin American Advisor.  For the full version, please see the Inter-American Dialogue’s website. Featured Q&A: Is Bolivia’s Evo Morales a Shoo-in for a Third Term? Bolivian President Evo Morales is leading in voter intention with 52 percent of voters saying they would vote for him ahead of the country’s presidential election on Oct. […]

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Bolivian Political and Social Landscape: Primer for Pending Presidential Elections

As the presidential campaigns gain momentum, AIN outlines the political and social landscape in Bolivia to provide background to understand upcoming electoral debates. President Evo Morales is running for a third term in the October 12, 2014 elections.  Critics argue he is not eligible to run for another consecutive term, but the Plurinational Constitutional Tribunal ruled in his favor, and […]

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Al ritmo de otro tambor: El control social comunitario del cultivo de la coca en Bolivia

Tenemos el agrado de anunciar el más reciente número de NACLA (Congreso Norteamericano sobre Latino América) en el que Linda Farthing, una inveterada colaboradora de Red Andina de Información (RAI), hizo de editora invitada.   El número se llama Reimaginando la Política de Lucha Contra las Drogas  en las Américas e incluye artículos acerca de la actual política de la coca […]

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To the Beat of a Different Drum: Bolivia’s Community Coca Control

We are pleased to announce the latest issue of NACLA (North American Congress on Latin America) that AIN long-time collaborator Linda Farthing guest edited. The issue is called Reimagining Drug Policy in the Americas and includes articles about current coca policy in Bolvia written by AIN director Kathryn Ledebur and Linda Farthing, and by AIN collaborator Tom Grisaffi. It also […]

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Challenging Myths About Chapare Coca Paste Production

This piece was written by AIN research fellow Thomas Grisaffi during his Drugs, Security, and Democracy Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council.  It was originally published in by the North American Congress on Latin America in NACLA News, Views, and Analysis.   A coca bush that is almost ready to be harvested (Thomas Grisaffi) Bolivia’s second-most important coca growing region, the Chapare, is […]

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CAN YOU GET RICH FROM THE BOLIVIAN COCAINE TRADE? COCAINE PASTE PRODUCTION IN THE CHAPARE

This piece was written by AIN research fellow Thomas Grisaffi during his Drugs, Security, and Democracy Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council. Written by Thomas Grisaffi[i]                                                 In October 2013, Mary Anastasia O’Grady wrote in the Wall Street Journal that Bolivia under President Evo Morales is turning into a rogue-state, awash with drug money.[ii]  The Bolivian press has argued that cocaine production […]

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