Links between Gold and Coca in Colombia

By Joseph Green, Extramural Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs

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Following the recognition that Colombia is once again the world’s top coca producer, with a 39 percent production increase in 2015 alone, experts have been analyzing the data to determine what could have caused a spike so soon after its historic low in 2013.[1] [2] Studies by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have linked flagging levels of coca production to that of the more…

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