From International Drug Trafficking to Community Violence: Lessons from the Caribbean

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Period18 Aug 2021

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  • TitleFrom International Drug Trafficking to Community Violence: Lessons from the Caribbean
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletUNIDIR
    Media typeWeb
    CountrySwitzerland
    Date18/08/21
    DescriptionMy recent research with Dylan Kerrigan and Matt Bishop examines the explosion of lethal gang violence in the 1990s and 2000s in Belize and in Trinidad, a period when these countries became important drug transshipment countries. Both are porous geostrategic transit points to US and European destinations but have comparatively minor drug markets themselves.

    Our research shows that low-income communities in transit points of the global drug supply chain are rarely the target markets for drugs, but their proximity and vulnerability means that they are affected collaterally. This is what we mean when we claim that residues – coined by Bishop - from the trade, including drugs, firearms, and ammunition, filter into local communities resulting in devastating consequences.
    URLhttps://unidir.org/commentary/international-drug-trafficking-community-violence-lessons-caribbean
    PersonsAdam Baird