Drug War Sparks Tensions Between U.S. and Central America

The presidents of Guatemala and El Salvador recently declared their willingness to legalize drugs in their respective countries. The United States embassy in El Salvador immediately denounced drug decriminalization, calling the idea a “threat to public health and national security.” The controversy reveals growing tensions and conflicting national interests between the U.S. and its Southern neighbors.

With the highest level of illegal drug use in the world, American youth and society are certainly threatened by narcotics, but efforts to fight drug production and trafficking are now a major threat to democracy, political stability and human rights in the rest of the Americas.

Read this op-ed published at The Baines Report, the online journal of The LBJ School of Public Affairs.

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