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Colombia s Aerial Eradication of Illicit Crops 1 Colombia s Aerial Eradication of Illicit Crops A Multi Stakeholder Case Study of International Environmental Law and Ethics 1 By Lisa Johnson University of Puget Sound 1500 N Warner St 1032 Tacoma WA 98407 253 759 1786 ljohnson ups edu 1 The author gratefully acknowledges funding to support the development of this case and teaching note from the Burlington Northern Curriculum Grant administered by the University of Puget Sound and from The Global Business Center Home of the UW CIBER at the University of Washington under a grant from the U S Department of Education Colombia s Aerial Eradication of Illicit Crops 2 Colombia s Aerial Eradication of Illicit Crops A Multi Stakeholder Case Study of International Environmental Law and Ethics Background Illegal drug trafficking was a serious international problem In 2008 178 nation states were parties to the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances hereinafter 1988 UN Drug Convention which was a treaty that existed to promote international cooperation to address the problem of illicit drugs 1988 UN Drug Convention Article 2 paragraph 1 p 2 U S Department of State 2008 pp 35 38 Illegal drug use posed a serious threat to the health and welfare of human beings and adversely affect ed the economic cultural and political foundations of society 1988 UN Drug Convention p 1 Unproductive blame games had occupied the decades prior to 2008 consisting of consumer countries in Europe and in North America blaming supplier regions in Asia and Latin America U S Department of State p 15 However by 2008 this mindset was shifting to recognize that the illicit drug problem was an international issue that required cooperative measures between nation states Cocaine and heroin were of concern to the United States The U S proactively sought to eliminate the flow of illegal drugs into its borders U S Department of State 2008 p 16 To this end and



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