This multidisciplinary panel welcomes papers that explore recent changes in drug policies and debates in Latin America, as well as the effects of current national and international policies in the production, trafficking, and consumption of drugs in the region.
Latin America has been experimenting gradual but fundamental changes in drug-related policies and debates in recent years. These changes have been based on an increasing rejection to the USA-led "War on Drugs", which has proved to be a failed and harmful model, and on the emergence of alternative strategies such as harm-reduction policies, new legislative approaches through regulation and legalisation initiatives, and others. However, the "drug war" is still dominant and continues to plays a key role on national policies and international relations in the region, particularly between the US and the Andean countries where cocaine is produced. This panel welcomes papers that explore these changes in drug policies and debates, and the effects of current policies in the production, trafficking, and consumption of drugs in Latin America. The panel aims to engage with these issues and debates from a wide multidisciplinary perspective.