Drugs Policies

TNI has been working for a radical reform of international drugs policies since 1998 and runs an internationally respected Drugs and Democracy Programme. TNI's call for a new paradigm to tackle drug abuse based on harm reduction, effective alternative development programmes, revision of International Drug Control conventions and full respect for human rights has gained increasing support from civil society, governments and international institutions.

Drugs, armed conflict and peace

July 2014

This policy briefing analyses the results of the partial agreement on drugs reached at the talks being held in Havana between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, and the Colombian government.

June 26, International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

June 2014

June 26 is the United Nations' International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Activists across the world gather under the banner "Support, Don't Punish: Global Day of Action".

Repressive policies only stoking Asean's drug problem

June 2014

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 increased significantly, and there remain strong links between drugs, conflict, crime and corruption.

Bouncing Back

May 2014

TNI's indepth examination of the illegal drug market in the Golden Triangle, which has a witnessed a doubling of opium production, growing prison populations and repression of small-scale farmers. This report details the failure of ASEAN's 'drug free' strategy and the need for a new approach.

V Latin American and I Central American Conference on Drug Policy

May 2014

In this edition, the 5th Latin American and 1st Central American Conference on Drug Policy aims to be a platform for discussion and elaboration of solution-oriented proposals.

Drugs as war economy and the peace process

October 2013

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.

Informal Drug Policy Dialogue 2013, Warsaw

June 2013

The tenth meeting of the Informal Drug Policy Dialogue series, organised by the Transnational Institute (TNI) and Association Diogenis, took place in Warsaw, Poland, gathering over 35 NGO representatives, academics, policy makers and practitioners.

Deficiencies in financial oversight enable money laundering

June 2013

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

Between Reality and Abstraction

Mirella van Dun
March 2013

At the International Conference on Alter­native Development (ICAD), held 15-16 November 2012 in Lima, the Peruvian Government continued to insist on the relevance of “Alternative Development (AD),” with particular emphasis on the so-called San Martín “miracle” or “model.”

Drugs on the agenda of Colombian peace talks

December 2012

Inclusion of the drug issue on the agenda of the peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC, which are being held in Havana, Cuba, is a smart move.