Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis (Open Access)


Colby College. Global Studies Program


Patrice M. Franko


Bolivia's reputation as a "dangerous" nation stems from its connection with the illegal drug trade. Bolivia is currently the world's third largest cultivator of coca, the raw material used to make cocaine. The US State Department warns US citizens not to visit the Chapare because it is "politically unstable." However, the region is not unstable because its inhabitants are savage people, nor is it dangerous because drug cartel members roam the streets. Rather, it is dangerous, because of the social unrest that plagues the region because the poor coca farmers are continuously being hounded to destroy their coca crops, in the absence of an alternative means of survival.


Coca industry, Social aspects, Bolivia Agriculture, Economic aspects, Bolivia Drug control, Bolivia Drug traffic, Bolivia