Narcoterrorism: One Stop Shopping for All Things Terror RelatedThe term “narcoterrorism” was coined in the early 1980’s when President Fernando Belaunde Terry of Peru gave a name to the attacks his police forces were facing from drug traffickers. (Hudson, 1993) The term refers to one of two types of terrorism; international drug dealers who use terrorist tactics to maximize their profits or terrorists who use drugs to fund their organization and operations. (White, 2006) Latin America is the birthplace of narcoterrorism and the region has become synonymous with the term. The groups in Latin America that use narcoterrorism have been the focus of much drug related public policy, efforts at drug eradication and intervention by external actors, normally, unsuccessful. These groups have, as of yet, not been eradicated and continue to profit from the drug trade using terrorist tactics to make more money.  Photo: Colombian poppy farm seized by authorities.  "Attacking the drug…

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Evan Jean Lawrence

After graduating with a Bachelors of Science degree from Indiana University in Public Affairs with minors in Psychology and Economics, Evan worked for a year and a half in Washington DC with...