The Drug War Moves to Central America

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Violence in Central America and the War on DrugsAs the drug war continues, the Obama Administration has tried to emphasize prevention and treatment here in the US, to reduce the demand that fuels so much deadly violence south of the border. In the meantime, Mexico's outright warfare against drug cartels has caused the drug dealers to move further South into Central America, where the homicide rate now leads the world. What is the US doing to stop the demand for heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine?  Why are Central American leaders calling for legalization?

Credits

Guests:
Sebastian Rotella - ProPublica - @ProPublica, Vanda Felbab-Brown - Brookings Institution - @VFelbabBrown, Jose R. Cardenas - National Security Council (former), Gil Kerlikowske - Office of National Drug Control Policy

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Anna Scott, Katie Cooper, Caitlin Shamberg