Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)
International Studies (Arts and Sciences)
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Juan Gabriel Tokatlian
This dissertation analyzes the cases that have resisted the U.S. pressure to adopt the standard security model (SSM) to fight against drug-trafficking in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since more can be learned by examining phenomenon that deviate from the modal pattern, this dissertation focuses on Argentina. Existing research, by contrast, has revolved around Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, and the Caribbean; countries where the U.S. securitized drug-trafficking by presenting it as an existential threat, justifying the militarization of counter-narcotics policies. In seeking to fill this theoretical and empirical vacuum, this dissertation answers three main research questions: Why have some countries succumbed to the U.S. pressure for a SSM while others resisted? What specific factors explain the different trajectories followed by these countries? And, finally, what alternative policies, if any, have these countries chosen to replace the SSM?
Argentina; Latin America; drugs; United States; violence
Cutrona, Sebastian Antonino, "Challenging the U.S.-Led War on Drugs: Argentina in Comparative Perspective" (2016). Open Access Dissertations. 1654.