War on Drugs

  • Drugs as war economy and the peace process

    Colombia's peace negotiations appear to have a rather simplistic view of drug production and trafficking that does not properly address the complex relationship between drugs and armed conflict.

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    Systems Overload: Drug Laws and Prisons in Latin America

    Study reveals alarming pattern in imprisonment for drug crimes in Latin America

  • A breakthrough in the making?

    There is an undeniable regional trend of moving away from the ‘war on drugs’ in Latin America. This briefing ex­plains the background, summa­rises the state of on­going drug law reforms, and makes recommendations to move the debate forward.

  • Czech Republic exemplifies smart and humane drug policy

    There is nothing politically easier in most countries than scapegoating drugs and drug users as the source of all social problems. Politicians can expect a boost in their popularity when they support repressive measures against drugs and are dismissive of public services for people who use illicit drugs.

Articles

Colombia, more than three decades of toxic sprayings. Enough!

Amira Armenta

It is unfortunate that 35 years after the first chemical spraying in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, we are still writing about aerial sprayings in Colombia, demanding the current government to definitely defer an ecocide and incompetent policy...

Reforming the global drug-control system: The stakes for Washington

Martin Jelsma

Washington's new narrative defends the integrity of the UN drug control conventions, while allowing more flexible interpretations

Drugs and violence in the Northern Triangle

Pien Metaal

The upsurge in violence in Central America’s Northern Triangle is often named in one breath with the drugs market. While violence clearly thrives from an illegal trade met with exclusively repressive state responses, assumptions on cause and...

Repressive policies only stoking Asean's drug problem

The strategy of Asean's 10 member countries to become "drug free" by 2015 is failing dramatically. In the last decade, opium cultivation in the region has doubled, drug use -- especially of methamphetamines, a powerful synthetic stimulant -- has...

Opium cultivation bounces back: TNI report shows dramatic failure of ASEAN’s ‘Drug Free’ strategy

Bouncing Back - Relapse in the Golden Triangle, a new in-depth report by the Transnational Institute (TNI) launched in Yangon, Burma/Myanmar, on Monday June 2, highlights the profound changes in the illicit drugs market in the Golden Triangle –...

Wat we kunnen leren van 'cannabisstaat' Colorado

Coffeeshops in Haarlem krijgen vandaag een speciaal keurmerk. Daarmee kun je aan de buitenkant zien dat een shop in orde is. Een nobel initiatief, maar wel één die zich richt op problemen aan de voordeur, zeggen experts. Hoe zit het met de...

Deficiencies in financial oversight enable money laundering

Tom Blickman

After nearly 25 year of failed efforts, experts still ponder how to implement an anti-money laundering regime that works.

In Mexico, guilty till proven innocent

As the Mexican government has stepped up its efforts to combat drug trafficking, the number of people who have been detained and accused of crimes related to drugs has dramatically increased.

Who is winning "the war on drugs"?

Tom Blickman and Martin Jelsma from TNI are speaking at the debate Who is winning "the war on drugs"? about the global context of drug policy. The debate was organized by Krytyka Polityczna in Warsaw on 13 February 2013.

Towards a ceasefire

Experiments in legalisation are showing what a post-war approach to drug control could look like

Publications

Drugs as war economy and the peace process

Ricardo Vargas

Colombia's peace negotiations appear to have a rather simplistic view of drug production and trafficking that does not properly address the complex relationship between drugs and armed conflict.

Addicted to punishment

This report reveals the average maximum sentence for a drug offense rose from 34 years in prison in 1950 to 141 years today and in three countries surveyed, drug trafficking was subject to longer maximum and minimum penalties than murder.

The Northern Triangle’s drugs-violence nexus

The countries of the Northern Triangle are experiencing much higher rates of violence and increasing Drug Trafficking Organization (DTOs) activity than Mexico which has occupied the limelight when it comes to media attention. To what extent is...

A breakthrough in the making?

There is an undeniable regional trend of moving away from the ‘war on drugs’ in Latin America. This briefing ex­plains the background, summa­rises the state of on­going drug law reforms, and makes recommendations to move the debate...

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Systems Overload: Drug Laws and Prisons in Latin America

Study reveals alarming pattern in imprisonment for drug crimes in Latin America

Coca, Petroleum and Conflict in Cofán Territory

Under the guise of the war on drugs and terror, the way is being cleared for major economic interests in the Lower Putumayo (Colombia). This paper examines the impact of coca cultivation, petroleum activity and the armed conflict on the ancestral...

Colombia coca cultivation survey results

Drugs and Democracy

Despite 2006 witnessing the most intensive use of fumigation in the country’s history, some 157,200 hectares of cultivation areas were detected, 13,200 hectares more than in 2005. Is the fumigation strategy failing?

The Sierra de la Macarena

Drugs and Democracy

Re-establishing fumigation is not going to legitimise or win acceptance of the State's activities in the territory of the Park. It is not going to protect the Park from the environmental deterioration generated by the critical interventions of...

Political Challenges Posed by the Failure of Prohibition

Ricardo Vargas

After a slight dip in coca production during 2003 and 2004, the Andean region has returned to the historical average of 200,000 hectares of coca crops.

The Global Fix

This issue of Crime & Globalisation, tracks the history of the concept of organised crime and its metamorphosis into a "transnational" phenomenon allegedly posing a serious threat to global world order.