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Medicare Part B as in Biologic: A Descriptive Analysis of Medicare Part B Drug Spending and Policy Analysis Over the Last Decade


Without focused reform, Medicare Part B drug spending will continue to grow at a faster rate than any other section in Medicare.

Business and Regulation

The Opioid Challenge: Rethinking US Policy for National Security


Amidst the gravest drug crisis in American history, the United States grapples with an incomprehensible death toll exceeding 100,000 fentanyl overdoses in 2021 alone. New foreign policy is needed to secure the border and save lives.

International Relations and Security

Local Police Forces in Mexico are Poor


As violence in Mexico escalates, local police in Mexico lack the necessary means to fulfill their duties. BY DANIELA PHILIPSON GARCIA It’s named after the holy patroness of Mexico, the Virgin of Guadalupe, but the town of Guadalupe in the state of Chihuahua is far from blessed. In 2008, the town made headlines when its […]

Drug Policy Innovations in Latin America


In the last twenty years, violence in Latin America has reached staggering levels. Although Latin America and the Caribbean are only 8 percent of the global population, the region accounts for 33 percent of the global homicides.[i] The highly integrated corruption in government and community institutions has resulted in weak rule of law and public […]


Between Dialogue and Killing: A Reading on the Process of “Truce” in El Salvador from Anthropological Categories


Abstract In this article, the core events that allowed the “truce” in El Salvador are described and briefly explained. There are three stages in this process: “pre-truce”, “truce” and “post-truce”. The stage of “truce” began in March 2012 with the government’s decision of moving thirty gang leaders to lower security level prisons. The “truce” process […]

International Relations and Security

The UN Special Session on Drugs: A Moment to Recognize the Tragedy of a Failed Policy


BY TANIA DEL RIO The war on drugs is fueling conflict and destroying families. It is time for the global community to recognize that after 50 years of failure, the only practical and humane policy is to end the punitive approach by decriminalizing mild substances and controlling toxic ones. This week’s UN Special Session on […]

Fairness and Justice

Trouble in the Neighborhood: Mexico’s Search for the Missing 43


BY TANIA DEL RIO Things have not been quite the same in Mexico since Sept. 26, 2014. It is hard to know for sure what happened that day, and with the release of a report on Sept. 6, 2015, almost a year after, it became painfully obvious that we may never know. What is certain is […]

Gender, Race and Identity

Colombia 2002-2010: Lessons from the Communitarian State


Álvaro Uribe Velez was first elected as President of Colombia in 2002 and then re-elected in 2006, becoming the first re-elected President in Colombia’s modern history. Uribe holds a Degree in Law from the Universidad de Antioquia and a Postgraduate Management Degree from the Harvard Extension School. In 1998, he was awarded the Simón Bolívar […]

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