• Drugs and violence in the Northern Triangle

    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 effect are frequently flawed or blurred.
  • June 26, International Day against Drug Abuse and Illic...

    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".
  • Scheduling in the international drug control system

    Scheduling is mostly priotised in it's repressive pole, though present debates are increasingly highlighting the need to modify the balance of the system in order to affirm the importance of the principle of health.
  • Bouncing Back

    TNI's indepth examination of the illegal drug market in the Golden Triangle, which has 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.
  • The Rise and Decline of Cannabis Prohibition

    Cannabis was condemned by the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs as a psychoactive drug with “particularly dangerous properties” and hardly any therapeutic value. Ever since, an increasing number of countries have shown discomfort with the treaty regime’s strictures through soft defections, stretching its legal flexibility to sometimes questionable limits.

TNI’s Drugs & Democracy programme has been analysing trends in the illegal drugs market and global drug policies. It has gained an international reputation as one of the leading drug policy research institutes and as a serious critical watchdog of UN drug control institutions. Read more about this project

Articles

Fatal Attraction: Brownfield's Flexibility Doctrine and Global Drug Policy Reform

Damon Barrett
State-level cannabis reforms have exposed the inability of the United States to abide by the terms of the legal bedrock of the global drug control system. It is calls for a conversation the US federal government wishes to avoid. The result is a new official position on the UN drugs treaties that, despite its seductively progressive tone, serves only to sustain the status quo and may cause damage beyond drug policy.

Debat over of Amsterdamse drugsgebruikers medeverantwoordelijk zijn voor het bloedvergieten in Mexico.

Debat over of Amsterdamse drugsgebruikers medeverantwoordelijk zijn voor het bloedvergieten in Mexico. Presentator Nadia Moussaid besprak het met Wil Pansters - Hoogleraar Latijns Amerika, Pien Metaal - onderzoeker van TNI (Transnational Institute) gespecialiseerd in drugsbeleid in Latijns-Amerika en Pablo Gámez - journalist bij RNW (voormalige Wereldomroep) Latijns-Amerika.
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International Impacts of the U.S. Trend toward Legal Marijuana

Wells C. Bennett
American attitudes toward marijuana policy are shifting. Recent polls suggest that the majority of Americans think marijuana use should be legalized. How might a shift in American marijuana policies affect the prohibitionist drug treaty system?
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Publications

Mexico: Challenging Drug Prohibition from Below

Sebastian Scholl
The horrific forced disappearance of 43 students in Iguala reveals how organised crime and corruption thrive in conditions of institutional or democratic weakness, shaped to a large extent by distinctive transnational relations (importantly, in this case, with the US). Fortunately groups like the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity are showing a burgeoning ‘social power‘ that has the potential to change politics and policy.
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The International Drug Control Regime and Access to Controlled Medicines

Christopher Hallam
In poor and developing nations pain remains largely uncontrolled. Africa is the least well served continent for access to analgesia.
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Making a Mountain out of a Molehill: Myths on Youth and Crime in Saint Lucia

Marcus Day
Caribbean states face challenges of youth involvement in crime, violence, gangs and other anti-social activities. It is not uncommonly heard the “drug problem” is to be blamed for this. This briefing wants to show this relation is far more complex and often misunderstood.
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Events

March 2015

The IISS Cartagena Dialogue: The Trans-Pacific Summit

The IISS Cartagena Dialogue will focus on the developing relations between the Latin American states of the ‘Pacific Alliance’ and key countries from the Asia-Pacific.
January 2015

Opportunities for Development-Oriented Drug Control in Myanmar

The workshop is jointly organized by the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control CCDAC and the Transnational Institute (TNI) and is funded through a GIZ grant.
November 2014

Has the US' War on Drugs Been Lost

With a greater number of casualties than the Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns combined, and very meagre results, the US is starting to reconsider the "War on Drugs", waged since the '70s. The paradox of the "repressive-only" approach - the tougher the government acts, the more profitable the drug trade becomes - is being increasingly exposed by the media, opinion leaders, and politicians.
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News

Myanmar Returns to What Sells: Heroin

3 January 2015
A decade ago, Myanmar seemed on course to wipe out the opium fields and heroin jungle labs along its eastern border, the notorious Golden Triangle. Today, valley after valley in these mist-shrouded mountains is covered with resplendent opium poppies, tended by farmers who perch on steep hillsides to harvest the plant’s sticky, intoxicating sap.

Opium Cultivation Stabilizes for First Time Since 2006

8 December 2014
Opium cultivation in Burma stabilized in 2014 and the area under poppy remained roughly the same as last year, marking the first time since 2006 that cultivation did not expand, a report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said on Monday.

Prohibition is not working: the Case for sanity in the War on Drugs

30 October 2014
Over $100bn a year is spent worldwide fighting the war on drugs. For what end?
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