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Wednesday, April 25

Washington Post Behind U.S.-Peru Pact, a History of Division: "Anti-drug experts blame the "balloon effect" -- squeeze drug crops and exports in one place, and they simply pop up somewhere else. McCaffrey and others cite success in Peru and Bolivia as the primary reason for the massive increase in coca cultivation in Colombia -- nearly triple since 1995, to more than 360,000 acres. Peruvian production has decreased by two-thirds to about 90,000 acres over the same period." The broader issues of how air interdictions fits into the War on Drugs strategy are up for debate.

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