Publications

The Torturer in the Mirror

September 2010

When is torture ever an effective tool of government? Despite Obama promises to end torture (and close Guantanamo), this ineffective, inhumane and unacceptable practice still continues with complicity from the highest levels of the US government.

Beyond divide and rule? From the Washington to the Beijing Consensus

Paper
September 2010

Cold War divisions were central to the rise of Asia-Pacific regionalism, but what factors are influencing alternative visions for Asia in the twentieth century, and what implications do they have for the global system as a whole?

Drug Law Reform: Lessons from the New Zealand Experience

Briefing
Sanji Gunasekara
August 2010

In 2007, the Government of New Zealand entrusted an independent agency, the National Law Commission, to review the country’s drug law. New Zealand’s approach to drug law reform may provide lessons for other countries.

Southeast Asia Informal Drug Policy Dialogue 2010, Bangkok

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Report
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.

Lawyers, Guns and Money: Wall Street Lawyers, Investment Bankers and Global Financial Crises

Paper
July 2010

Over the last two centuries corporate lawyers and investment bankers have been central to the undemocratic consolidation of private corporate power.

Assumptions in the European Union biofuels policy: frictions with experiences in Germany, Brazil and Mozambique

Paper
Les Levidow, Mireille Hönicke, Maria Luisa Mendonça
July 2010

EU biofuels policy is based on the assumption that it will lead to greenhouse gas savings, energy security and rural development, however in-depth research in Germany, Brazil and Mozambique reveals fundamental contradictions between EU policy assumptions and practices in the real world.

A Matter of Substance

Briefing
July 2010

This paper discusses the “substance-oriented approach” Dutch authorities implemented to to scare off potential small-scale cocaine smugglers. The focus was on the drugs, rather than the couriers, and on incapacitating the smuggling route, rather than deterrence by incarceration.

Argentina: Reform on the way?

Briefing
Graciela Touzé
July 2010

In August 2009, the Argentina Supreme Court declared legislation criminalizing drug possession for personal consumption as unconstitutional. This briefing discusses the background of that decision, the small steps taken since, but argues that there is still much to do before a genuine reform agenda can be implemented.

Civil society recommendations to the Asia-Europe Meeting 2010

July 2010

The Asia Europe Peoples' Forum puts forward detailed recommendations on how future ASEMs can become more accountable, transparent and relevant in meeting the needs of the people of Asia and Europe.

Annual Report 2009

Annual report
July 2010

The economic, social and environmental crises have exposed the current dominant economic model as unsustainable. Now is the time to be proposing alternatives and demonstrating in practice how they could work.

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