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War and Lack of Governance in Colombia: Narcos, Guerrillas, and U.S. Policy

by Edgardo Buscaglia, William Ratliffvia Analysis
Sunday, July 1, 2001

This essay is based on academic and field research conducted by both authors between 1994 and 2001 in Colombia and the United States. For more references, see Buscaglia, “Law and Economics of Development” in The Encyclopedia of Law and Economics (Cheltenham: Eduard Elgar, 2000).

Colombia today is crippled by its most serious political, economic, social, and moral crisis in a century, a condition that seriously threatens both Latin America and the national interests of the United States in the region.

Stalemate in the Drug War

by William Ratliffvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 30, 2001

Under Plan Colombia, the United States will provide the government of Colombia with nearly $1 billion to use in fighting the drug trade. Yet if the war on drugs has already proven a dismal failure here at home, why should we expect it to succeed anywhere else? Hoover fellow William Ratliff reports from Bogotá.

Tough Justice Is Saving Our Inner Cities

by Gary S. Beckervia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2001

America’s cities are being reborn. Who are the midwives? Cops. By Hoover fellow Gary S. Becker.

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Invasion of the Privacy Snatchers

by Charles J. Sykesvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 30, 2000

The Internet has made it possible for governments and corporations alike to amass an unprecedented amount of personal information on all of us. Hoover fellow Charles J. Sykes examines the preeminent issue of the Information Age—the end of privacy.


Law and Economics in Developing Countries

by Edgardo Buscaglia, William Ratliffvia Hoover Institution Press
Friday, August 11, 2000

This concise volume examines the relationship between law, governance, and economic development and shows the main substantive and procedural legal factors that developing nations must address to promote political stability and economic growth, intended for the general informed reader as well as for policymakers in governments and civil society.


by Mary J. Croninvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, July 30, 2000

Imagine going to a shopping mall in which researchers follow you from store to store, taking notes on every product you examine or buy. Would you shop in such a place? Chances are, you already do. Welcome to the Internet. By Mary J. Cronin.

Analysis and Commentary

Revisiting Ronald Reagan on the Drug War

by Joseph D. McNamaravia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, May 29, 2000

What a pity that the man who did so much to end the totalitarian Soviet state and who spoke so persuasively in favor of individual freedom did not witness four plainclothes cops in the Bronx fire forty-one shots, killing twenty-year-old Amadou Diallo.

Beware the Brave New World

by Charles J. Sykesvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, April 30, 2000

You’ve got mail—and Big Brother wants to read it. Hoover fellow Charles J. Sykes explains why the government wants to be able to get into your computer.

Crime Goes High Tech

by Abraham D. Sofaervia Hoover Digest
Sunday, April 30, 2000

The crime stats for cyberspace are up—way up. Hoover fellow Abraham D. Sofaer explains how to battle the recent rash of cybercrime.

The War America Lost

by Joseph D. McNamaravia Hoover Digest
Sunday, January 30, 2000

The war on drugs hasn’t just failed to reduce drug use, it has actually made matters worse. Hoover fellow Joseph D. McNamara on why we should call the drug war off.


National Security & Law Task Force

The National Security and Law Task Force examines the rule of law, the laws of war, and US constitutional law to make proposals that strike an optimal balance between individual freedom and the vigorous defense of the nation against terrorists both abroad and at home.