Latin American illicit drug business

Biden’s dilemma

The political situation, in effect, makes it difficult for the Democratic Party administration of President Joe Biden to fully confront the fentanyl problem. At a formal level the administration is pursuing various initiatives, but Mexico’s less than whole-hearted commitment raises doubts as to their ability to succeed. Following the January 2023 North American Summit between the three regional leaders – Biden for the US, AMLO for Mexico, and Justin Trudeau for Canada - there was an agreement to “jointly confront the deadly scourge of synthetic drugs”. In July the specially created Trilateral Fentanyl Committee listed four main actions that would, it said, be taken by its members:

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