Has the US' War on Drugs Been Lost?

09 July 2014 - Event
09 July 2014

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 pointed out by the media, opinion leaders, and politicians. Does Europe have an approach, and is it any more effective than the American one? Should European policies on the matter be more coordinated in tackling the societal challenges which are the causes and consequences of drug use? What is the record of countries that have adopted a decriminalisation approach? Is the "War on Drugs" part of the US' global responsibility, and is it also likely to change as a result of power shift and American global disengagement?


A Citizen’s Controversy with

Dana Spinant, Head of Unit for Anti-Drugs Policies at the European Commission and

Martin Jelsma, Coordinator of the Drugs and Democracy Programme of the Transnational Institute (TNI)

On Wednesday 9 July 2014, between 13:00 and 14:30 at the Madariaga – College of Europe Foundation Avenue de la Joyeuse Entrée 14, B-1040 Brussels (map)

The debate will be moderated by Pierre Defraigne, Executive Director, Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation

The debate will be held in English.

To register, please send your name, title and the name of your organisation to info@madariaga.org or by fax to: +3222096211. For more information, do not hesitate to contact us on: +32 2 209 62 10. Participation fee: 10€/ Students-Stagiaire and COE Alumni: 3€. Sandwiches and drinks will be provided from 12:30 onwards


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The Citizen’s Controversies strive to encourage citizen’s ownership of the European political debate, by contrasting two informed points of view on difficult topics at the heart of the European debate. Sitting in stark contrast with top-down official European discourses, the Citizen’s Controversies give precedence to the exchange of in-depth arguments, expressed outspokenly and beyond polemical confrontation, revealing challenges in concrete terms and leaving it up to the citizen to make up his or her own opinion. The Citizen's Controversies are held under the Chatham House Rule. A report is then published after agreement with the speakers. The reports of our Citizen’s Controversies are published on our website www.madariaga.org.