Coletta A. Youngers is the Latin America Regional Associate with the International Drug Policy Consortium and a senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America. She is an analyst of international drug policy, human rights and political developments in the Andean Region of South America and of U.S. foreign policy toward the Andes.

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Finally — Pride of Place for Drug Policy at the OAS General Assembly Meeting

Finally -- Pride of Place for Drug Policy at the OAS General Assembly Meeting

Drug policy reforms in Latin America will come from below.

Uruguay Announces Unprecedented Plan for Legal, Regulated Marijuana Markets

In an attempt to improve the security of its citizens.
Peru President Humala Can’t Put Drug Reform Genie Back in the Bottle

Peru President Humala Can't Put Drug Reform Genie Back in the Bottle

Momentum is building for drug law reform in Latin America.
Drug-Law Reform Genie Freed From Bottle at Summit of the Americas

Drug-Law Reform Genie Freed From Bottle at Summit of the Americas

As a result of the Cartagena summit, a meaningful debate on developing and implementing humane drug-control policies is finally underway.
Central American Presidents Scrutinize U.S. “War on Drugs”

Central American Presidents Scrutinize U.S. "War on Drugs"

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina has emerged as the region's leading advocate for drug policy reform.
Peru: What’s Next for Humala?

Peru: What's Next for Humala?

With a slim majority in Congress and a still-strong conservative opposition, Ollanta Humala may well find it difficult to implement even his moderate program of change.
Humala’s Victory in Peru’s Presidential Election Cause for Cautious Optimism

Humala's Victory in Peru's Presidential Election Cause for Cautious Optimism

Ollanta Humala's victory over Keiko Fujimori represents the triumph of hope over fear.

New Peruvian President Humala's First Challenge: a Polarized Peru

First, Ollanta Humala needs to calm the roiled political waters of Peru.

Yet Again the U.S. Backs the Forces of Repression in an Americas Presidential Race

United States fears losing Peru to camp of Venezuela, Bolivia, et al; backs Fujimori for president.
Turning His Back on Chavez, Peru Presidential Candidate Humala Invokes Lula Instead

Turning His Back on Chavez, Peru Presidential Candidate Humala Invokes Lula Instead

Many support Ollanta Humala to prevent the return, in the form of his daughter, of former President Alberto Fujimori's human rights abuses.
If Fujimori Wins the Presidency Chalk One up in the Loss Column for the Human Rights of Peruvians

If Fujimori Wins the Presidency Chalk One up in the Loss Column for the Human Rights of Peruvians

Peru's upcoming presidential elections is as intriguing as the United States in 2012 is not.
Peru’s Fujimoris: Like Father Like Daughter?

Peru's Fujimoris: Like Father Like Daughter?

If elected president of Peru, will Keiko Fujimori carry on in her father Alberto's corrupt, authoritarian tradition?

How Did the Candidates With the Highest Negative Ratings Advance in the Peru Presidential Elections?

Prior to Sunday's election, over 50% of the people of Peru claimed they would vote for neither Ollanta Humala nor Keiko Fujimori.

Humala and Fujimori Likely to Compete in Second-Round Vote for Peruvian Presidency

Ollanta Humala and Keiko Fujimori will face each other in a second-round vote on June 5.

Populist Humala, Leading in Peru Presidential Elections, at Mercy of Swing Voters

Eleven percent of the electorate is still undecided.
Peru’s Presidential Election: Populist Humala v. MOR Candidates

Peru's Presidential Election: Populist Humala v. MOR Candidates

Except for populist Ollanta Humala, Peru's presidential candidates leave the public cold.
Failure to Open “New Chapter of Engagement” Will Dog President Obama on Visit to Latin America

Failure to Open "New Chapter of Engagement" Will Dog President Obama on Visit to Latin America

President Obama has squandered the good will he fostered with Latin America at the 2009 Summit of the Americas.
U.S. Renews Anachronistic Campaign to Stamp Out Coca Leaf Chewing

U.S. Renews Anachronistic Campaign to Stamp Out Coca Leaf Chewing

Washington hues to 50-year-old convention for abolishing a centuries-old indigenous practice.

Proposition 19 Is a Vote Heard 'Round the World

Its symbolic importance to Latin America cannot be under-estimated.

Peruvian President Fujimori's Right-Hand Man Was a Gun Runner and Drug Dealer -- and Employed by the U.S.

Key Peruvian ally in U.S. "war on drugs" sentencing to 20 years in prison for running guns to Colombia's FARC upheld.

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bolivia, colombia, Drug Cartels and Trafficking, Drug Certification, Drug Control, Drugs, human rights, Justice Department, Latin America, Peru, South America, U.S. Aid