This journal special issue will advance the conversation on illicit drug markets in the Americas by fostering cross-fertilization among different methodologies and perspectives that have been previously analyzed as self-contained phenomena.

It will provide an opportunity to observe the full cycle of illicit drugs production, trafficking, and consumption throughout North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

Furthermore, it will promote a more comprehensive understanding of the social dynamics of development, violence, and drug policies; the way that these issues are addressed by the twenty-three national governments of the region, and the many more regional or local institutions that exist within each; and the mutual dependencies that exist between all of the region’s multiple drug trades.

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