Terror Networks, Drug Cartels and U.S. Policy Research Proposal by Nicky

Terror Networks, Drug Cartels and U.S. Policy
A research proposal on the United States' role in drugs cartels and terrorist networks.
# 148951 | 1,591 words | 8 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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In the first section, the paper explores the literature on the relationship between the drug war and terrorism and the impact of U.S. policy on their connection. The second section of the paper identifies the primary research problem that is to establish the cause for the link between terrorism and the drug trade. The paper aims to show that the United States has promoted a policy which ties together the economic, ideological and tactical imperatives of both drug cartels and terrorist networks. The paper outlines the proposed research design,
the research questions and the variables/constructs involved.

Part I
Part II: Problem
Proposed Research Design
Research Questions

From the Paper:

"An initial claim derived from the Carpenter (2005) text helps to initiate this correlation, indicating that "terrorist groups around the world have been enriched by prohibitionist drug policies that drive up drug costs, and which deliver enormous profits to the outlaw organizations willing to accept the risks that go with the trade." (Carpenter, 1) This implicates a number of variables which the researcher anticipates will be recurrent throughout the research here proposed. Namely, Carpenter makes reference to the fact that both terrorist groups and drug organizations share the distinction of operating outside of the law, making international law a major effecting variable. But the economic principle is the variable which interests our discussion most prominently as it seems likely the one which bears the greatest determinant effect on the correlation between involvement in drugs and terrorism. It is thus that Carpenter, for one, makes an example of the war in Afghanistan, which actually causes the U.S. conflicting interests. According to the article, "most of the regional warlords who abandoned the Taliban and currently support the U.S. anti-terror campaign (and in many cases politically undergird the Karzai government) are deeply involved in the drug trade," (Carpenter, 1) Therefore, in this instance, the idea of fighting a War on Drugs in Afghanistan would significantly weaken U.S. partnerships crucial to fighting of the Taliban."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Carpenter, T.G. (2005). Drug Prohibition is a Terrorist's Best Friend. CATO Institute. Online at http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=2935
  • Drug Policy Alliance Network. (2004). Drug Policy Around the World. Drug Policy.org.
  • Furman, B. (2008). Border Drug Wars, Bombs & Terrorism. Black Hawk Press Counterterrorism Blog. Online at http://www.blackhawkpress.com/blog/2008/11/border-drug-wars-ieds-terrorism.html
  • Kempfer, H. (2001). Terrorism Battle Like Drug War All Over Again. Knowledge & Intelligence Program Professionals.
  • Kopel, D. (2002). Losing the War On Terrorism in Peru. National Review Online. Online at http://www.nationalreview.com/kopel/kopel.shtml

Cite this Research Proposal:

APA Format

Terror Networks, Drug Cartels and U.S. Policy (2011, November 15) Retrieved March 29, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/research-proposal/terror-networks-drug-cartels-and-us-policy-148951/

MLA Format

"Terror Networks, Drug Cartels and U.S. Policy" 15 November 2011. Web. 29 March. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/research-proposal/terror-networks-drug-cartels-and-us-policy-148951/>