Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

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International drug trafficking looms large in the future of international relations. Although drug production and consumption can no longer be labeled as problems belonging to a few discrete nations, some countries' identities in the international arena are still shaped by their perception as drug-producing nations. Bolivia is one such country. Coca and cocaine have dominated its modern history and will continue to dominate its future. Bolivia's experience, however, is representative of not only other Andean nations' struggles with the drug epidemic, but of the international community's struggle with drug trafficking.

This Note sheds light on the legal tools to address international drug trafficking. Bolivia's history of coca production, use, and legislation is used as the backdrop to today's perplexing international drug situation. Also, this Note analyzes international involvement in Bolivia, focusing on U.N. responses to drug trafficking. The United States currently dominates this hemisphere's action against cocaine trafficking, inspiring sharp criticism from other nations for its unilateral legal action. This Note concludes that only a multilateral approach, with increased involvement by Andean nations and the entire Latin American region, will solve the current international drug crisis.