Last month, the Constitutional Court of Colombia upheld restrictions that it imposed in 2017 on the aerial spraying of coca plantations with the herbicide glyphosate. The decision was a setback for President Ivan Duque’s efforts to restart the aerial fumigation program, as Isabel Pereira explains in an interview.
In this week’s Trend Lines interview, WPR’s Elliot Waldman talks with Isabel Pereira and Kathryn Ledebur about the different approaches to coca cultivation in Colombia and Bolivia, and what role the U.S. should play to support a more constructive and sustainable response to drug trafficking in the region.
Southeast Asia’s meth trade is booming, with headlines regularly announcing record busts across the region. Long associated with lower-income workers, meth has more recently begun to attract more affluent users. But the region’s repressive drug policies make users the most vulnerable participants in the meth trade.