• Prospects for Treaty Reform and UN Coherence on Drug Po...

    Can UNGASS 2016 realistically initiate a process of modernizing the global drug control system and breathe oxygen into a system risking asphyxiation?
  • Apply for Fellowship on Drug Policy Reform

    Apply now for the Latin American and Caribbean Advocacy Fellowship Program on Drug Policy Reform
  • Cannabis policy reform in Europe

    While in the Americas cannabis policy reform is taking off, Europe seems to be lagging behind. At the level of national governments denial of the changing policy landscape and inertia to act upon calls for change reigns. At the local level, however, disenchantment with the current cannabis regime gives rise to new idea.
  • Towards a Healthier Legal Environment

    The decision of the Myanmar Government to review drug laws is not only timely, but also offers a prospect to improve the drugs legislation and to ensure that the laws address drug-related problems in the country more effectively.
  • 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

The 2016 UNGASS: Challenges and Opportunities

The UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs is fast approaching 2016 and is an important opportunity to conduct a thorough and objective assessment of the international drug control system. This session will discuss remaining challenges, as well as opportunities for the way forward – in particular towards rebalancing current drug policies towards the core UN values of public health, human rights and development

Has the US' War on Drugs Been Lost and what Lessons Should Europe Heed?

Martin Jelsma
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.

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.
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Publications

The Current State of Counternarcotics Policy and Drug Reform Debates in Myanmar

Are Myanmar's current drug policies effective? How do they impact important issues such as human rights, sustainable development, ethnic conflict, and the peace process?

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.

Fixing a broken system

Juan Carlos Garzón Vergara
Despite efforts by governments in Latin America, illicit drugs continue to provide one of the largest incomes for criminal organizations, enabling them to penetrate and corrupt political and social institutions.
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Events

March 2015

Drug Policy Innovations in the Americas

The Americas have been at the forefront of calls for a meaningful review of traditional approaches to drug control based on tough law enforcement and incarceration. Now some countries in the Western Hemisphere are considering and implementing new, innovative policy options to try and address these harms, while prioritizing public health, social inclusion, and human security.
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.
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News

The new Drug Warriors

2 May 2015
As one side of the world softens its line against illegal drugs, another is getting tougher—and more vocal

Compulsory Drug Treatment in Southeast Asia – Neither Ethical Nor Effective

2 May 2015
The strategy of the Joint Declaration for a Drug-Free ASEAN founded on the specious belief that taking a sufficiently ‘tough’ stance on the drug trade would result in its demise, has been shown to be as nonsensical as it was empirically dubious. ASEAN will not be drug free by 2015, nor will it be by the new extended deadline of 2020.

Ketamine: why not everyone wants a ban

13 March 2015
China is proposing there should be a worldwide ban on ketamine - the class B drug that can lead to users needing to have their bladders removed. But ketamine is used as an anaesthetic drug in much of Africa, and there are fears further international controls could affect medical usage too.
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