Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Paul Gootenberg ─ 'Blowback' and Changing Commodity Chains in the Hemispheric War on Cocaine: 1900-2015

Monday, February 29, 2016


Joukowsky Forum

After its mid-twentieth transformation into an illicit good, shifting commodity chains of cocaine became the driver of the 1980s and beyond US "War on Drugs." But the "blowback" effects of US policies have also driven a series of unintended impacts on the geographies, politics, and security threats of cocaine--including the current shift to globalized cocaine and growing Latin American dissent from the global drug war.

Paul Gootenberg is SUNY Distinguished Professor of History & Sociology at Stony Brook University.