• Mexico and the Drug Cartels: A History of Fascination

    January 29, 2016

    On January 9th, 2016, Rolling Stone published an interview between Sean Penn and Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, head of the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel. The fascination that Hollywood, and thus a large part of the western world, has for the Mexican drug cartels and the drug war they are engaging in is anything but recent. Mexico’s drug cartels, as well as widespread violence, money laundering and corruption, are elements which are as closely linked to Mexico’s image as its ancient civilizations. This article will explore the history of Mexico’s drug cartels and the close relationship between drugs and Mexico’s development.

    Read more
  • Honduras: A New Cocaine Trafficking Hub

    January 31, 2014

    Last week Honduras adopted a law allowing the government to shoot down planes suspected of trafficking illegal drugs through the country. International drug trafficking is probably the most well known transnational organized crime. How bad is the current situation in Honduras; is it a new cocaine trafficking hub?

    Read more
  • UNCCP. Don't let drugs into our future

    UNCCP. Don’t let drugs into our future

    August 23, 2013

    Poster by the World Health Organisation for the United Nations International Drug Control Programme. Image: Photograph of international group of young people with colored dots symbolizing drugs.

    Read more
  • La droga un problema international

    La Droga: un problema mundial que exige una solución munidal

    February 11, 2013

    United Nations poster on the occacsion of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2000. Image: a globe covered with newspaper articles about drugs against a dark blue background with stars.

    Read more
  • FARC delegation

    Colombia: At Last Peace with the FARC?

    November 9, 2012

    Columbia’s fourth attempt at peace with the Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) started formally last month in Oslo and will continue the 15th of November in Havana, Cuba. The earlier attempts- starting in 1984, 1990 and 1998- to end one of Latin America’s longest and bloodiest armed conflict all failed. Why would the outcome of the peace talks this time be different?

    Read more