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Driven by Drugs: US Policy Toward Colombia, 2nd Edition

Russell Crandall
Driven by Drugs: US Policy Toward Colombia, 2nd Edition
ISBN: 978-1-58826-523-4
2008/201 pages/LC: 2007048354

Praise for the 1st edition:

"Crandall's finely detailed and scrupulous account of the policymaking process over the last decade on such a significant foreign policy issue helps fill a major gap in the scholarly literature.... [His] judicious treatment nicely conveys just how personalized US Colombia policy has been."—Michael Shifter, Perspectives on Politics

"This excellent case study of US foreign policy is highly recommended at all levels."—Choice


In the years since the first edition of Driven by Drugs was published, there have been dramatic changes in US policy toward Colombia, as well as in domestic Colombian politics. This new edition traces developments in both arenas, bringing the story current through the administrations of George W. Bush and Álvaro Uribe. 


Russell Crandall is associate professor of political science at Davidson College. He is author of Gunboat Democracy: US Interventions in the Dominican Republic, Grenada, and Haiti, as well as coeditor of The Andes in Focus: Security, Democracy, and Economic Reform and Mexico's Democracy at Work: Political and Economic Dynamics.


  • Introduction.
  • The Evolution of US Policy Toward Colombia.
  • The Roots of Violence in Colombia.
  • US Policy During the Samper Administration, 1994-1998.
  • US Policy During the Pastrana Administration, 1998-2002.
  • US Policy During the First Uribe Administration, 2002-2006.