Produced by a team of interdisciplinary researchers and scholars on behalf of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), this massive 409-page report deals primarily with the increasingly global problem of the drug trade and ancillary criminal activity in Brazil, China, India, and Mexico. The first nineteen pages of the report offer a broad overview of the project, including abstracts of the chapters (which often function as self-contained essays), the team's main findings, and detailed information about the project team. The entire report is divided into four more specific topic areas, which include "Drug Trafficking and the State," "Drug Trafficking, Criminal Organisations and Money Laundering," "Social and Cultural Dimensions of Drug Trafficking," and "Methodological, Institutional and Policy Dimensions of the Research on Drug Trafficking." As one might expect, this document and its representative chapters will be important documents for anyone interested in learning more about the pervasive problem of international drug trafficking and the potential pitfalls involved with formulating meaningful policy to address criminal behavior associated with these activities.
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