Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Internationalizing Domestic Issues

The line between domestic and international issues is increasingly conceptual. It has become artificial given the growing economic and political interdependence of the domestic and international arenas.

Oil crises in the Middle East, changes in the London and Tokyo stock markets, drug wars in Central and Latin America, environmental damage in Canada and Czechoslovakia, and political upheavals in the South Africa and China are felt immediately in New York City, Atlanta, San Antonio, and Sacramento. No longer can we deal with many domestic issues in isolation of their larger international setting.

The international drug problem will continue to act as a major catalyst in the growth of the American criminal justice system.

Indeed, America's horrendous drug and crime problems have international connections. Drug wars and terrorism in Central and Latin America affect the flow of illegal drugs and criminal activities in the streets of New York City, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Drug lords in Hong Kong, Thailand, Burma, and Colombia help fuel America's drug culture which impacts on all aspects of the criminal justice system, from the hiring of more police officers to the overloading of the court systems and the expansion of prisons. The international drug problem will continue to act as a major catalyst in the growth of the American criminal justice system. As a result, more international job opportunities should be available within such government agencies as the

Department of Justice, Department of State, Drug Enforcement Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Department of Defense may transform much of its Cold War role to that of an international police force involved in drug wars and combating terrorism. This could involve anything from ongoing intelligence operations to regular interdiction and major military operations to shut down the flow of drugs into the U.S. Some contractors and consultants will also benefit from the continuing expansion of the criminal justice system. (Read this before)

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