publication . Doctoral thesis . 2016

Sovereignty under siege: drug trafficking and state capacity in the Caribbean and Central America

King, Ryan Thomas;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jun 2016
  • Publisher: Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited Drug trafficking organizations have increased their prominence throughout the Caribbean and Central America. These organizations undermine the rule of law, increase levels of violence and corruption, and hamper development, all of which can weaken a state. Weak or failing states become domestic and regional burdens that spill over into neighboring countries and cause secondary and tertiary problems. This thesis examines causes for different state capacities in the Caribbean and Central America through case study comparisons between Haiti, the Bahamas, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. The varying state capacities' i...
free text keywords: vulnerable states, stable states, narco-state, under siege, state capacity, drug trafficking pressures, drug trafficking organizations (DTO), state legitimacy, impacts, Caribbean, Central America, Haiti, Bahamas, Nicaragua, Guatemala
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