ABSTRACT

The United States faces a number of threats to its security and well-being in the post-Cold War era. Among the most insidious of these threats is the international narcotics trade. Perhaps more so than any other post-Cold War issue, the narcotics trade has the potential to inflict staggering economic and social costs on the United States while simultaneously undermining the political and economic stability of many of our foreign allies and other countries. In this regard, drugs pose as great a risk to our national security as terrorism, environmental degradation, or nuclear proliferation. The challenge for U.S. foreign policy is how to respond to this threat in harmony with our other interests; what course to pursue today to secure our tomorrow.