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PostColombia's Peace Treaty and Drug Trafficking (Carmen Negrin, France, 09/02/19 3:56 pm)
On one side of the Colombian conflict, you had the so-called Marxist guerrilleros, but on the government side you also had corruption and the very brutal paramilitares who worked hand in hand with the government authorities and have also benefited from the Santos Peace agreement.
The fact is that Colombia is no longer the epicenter of drug trafficking. I would presume that the peace agreements might have had something to do with this change. Or not?
JE comments: Colombia's cartels began to lose importance (or at least visibility) during the Uribe presidency (2002-2010). Apologists claim that his hard-line policies made the difference. Others cite a cultural shift in which the flamboyant narcos of yesteryear (Escobar and his ilk) have been replaced by MBA types who keep a lower profile. And perhaps most significantly, there was the rise of the Mexican cartels, which are more brutal than their Colombian predecessors.
The peace treaty bought some uneasy peace, but it likely had little direct impact on the drug trade.