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.


Southeast Asia Informal Drug Policy Dialogue 2010, Bangkok

August 2010

Final report on the Southeast Asian Informal Drug Policy Dialogue, an initiative of TNI and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), that took place in Bangkok, 2010.

The WHO cocaine project

February 2010

In 1995 the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) announced in a press release the publication of the results of the largest global study on cocaine use ever undertaken.

Development first: lessons learned in promoting rural development and reducing illicit crop cultivation in Afghanistan and the Andes

December 2009

Organised by The Washington Office on Latin America

In cooperation with

Senator Bob Menendez
Chairman, Subcommittee on International Development
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations


Representative John Tierney
Chairman, Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform


Tom Kramer
Researcher, Drugs and Democracy Program, Transnational Institute (TNI)

Redefining Targets

December 2009

Afghanistan remains the world’s largest producer of opium and has an under-reported but growing heroin-use problem. Current drug control policies in Afghanistan are unrealistic, reflecting a need for immediate signs of hope rather than a serious analysis of the underlying causes and an effort to achieve long-term solutions.

Corruption in Afghanistan - Blame and shame

November 2009

If the international community is serious about dealing with corruption in Afghanistan, they need to revise their own dubious practices.

Burma's Cease-fires at Risk

September 2009

In August the Burma army occupied the Kokang region after several days of fighting, ending two decades of cease-fire with the ethnic minority group. The resumption of fighting in northern Burma raises speculation about the other cease-fires. Tensions are rising and the cease-fire groups have put their armed forces on high alert.

Neither War nor Peace report cover

Burma: Neither War Nor Peace

July 2009

Whilst a twenty year ceasefire still holds, there is unlikely to be peace and democracy in Burma without a political settlement that addresses ethnic minority needs and goals.

Coca Myths

Anthony Henman
June 2009

The present issue of Drugs & Conflict intends to debunk and disentangle the most prominent myths surrounding the coca leaf. It aims to clear the air and help steer the debate towards a more evidence-based judgement of the issues.

Towards a world market for coca leaf?

Pien Metaal
June 2009

When we think of people like Pope Paul VI, the Queen of Spain or Britain’s Princess Anne, most of us do not think of them as criminals. But that is what they are, under the current international drug law. Their crime? They all sipped coca tea on their arrival to the Bolivian capital La Paz. Bolivia is planning to submit a formal request to the UN to declassify coca as a narcotic drug, emphasizing in its arguments the traditional uses, such as the chewing of the leaf.

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