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  1. Human rights and drug policy

    • Ernestien Jensema
    18 June 2018

    An accessible but comprehensive primer on why TNI believes that human rights must be at the heart of any debate on drug control.

  2. Un Tratado para gobernarlos a todos

    • Pia Eberhardt, Cecilia Olivet, Lavinia Steinfort
    14 June 2018

    Sabemos lo que tenemos que hacer para resolver la crisis climática: mantener el carbón, el petróleo y el gas bajo tierra. Pero la industria de los fósiles tiene un arma secreta para seguir cocinando el planeta: el Tratado sobre la Carta de la Energía (TCE). El Tratado está a punto de experimentar una enorme expansión geográfica, en África, Asia y América Latina, lo cual amenaza con obligar a más países a perpetuar unas políticas energéticas favorables a las grandes empresas. Todos los detalles en:

  3. One Treaty to rule them all

    • Pia Eberhardt, Cecilia Olivet, Lavinia Steinfort
    12 June 2018

    We know what we have to do to solve the climate crisis. We must keep coal, oil and gas in the ground. But the fossil fuel industry has a secret powerful weapon to keep cooking the planet: The Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). It is on the brink of a massive geographical expansion into Africa, Asia and Latin America, threatening to bind yet more countries to corporate-friendly energy policies. Visit:

  4. Expanding the fortress

    • Mark Akkerman
    05 June 2018


    Η δεινή κατάσταση των 66 εκατομμυρίων ανθρώπων που έχουν εκτοπιστεί αναγκαστικά φαίνεται να ενοχλεί τη συνείδηση της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης (ΕΕ) μόνο όταν κάποια τραγωδία στα σύνορα της Ευρώπης βρεθεί στο επίκεντρο των μέσων ενημέρωσης. Μόνο ένα ευρωπαϊκό κράτος - η Γερμανία - συγκαταλέγεται στις δέκα χώρες που δέχονται τους περισσότερους πρόσφυγες παγκοσμίως. Έτσι, η τεράστια πλειοψηφία των αναγκαστικά εκτοπισμένων ανθρώπων καταλήγει να φιλοξενείται από μερικά από τα φτωχότερα κράτη του κόσμου. Οι άνθρωποι αυτοί παύουν να είναι «αόρατοι» μόνο όταν κάποιες κοινότητες στα σύνορα, όπως το Καλαί, η Λαμπεντούζα και η Λέσβος, εμφανίζονται στις ειδήσεις ενώ απελπισμένοι άνθρωποι που εγκαταλείπουν τη βία καταλήγουν να πεθαίνουν, να κρατούνται, ή να παγιδεύονται.

  5. How the security industry reaps the rewards of E.U. migration control

    Mark Akkerman
    05 June 2018

    In austerity-stricken Europe, increasing funds are flowing to arms and security firms positioning themselves as experts on border control. Researcher Mark Akkerman documents the companies profiting from E.U. border externalization and the industry’s lobbying power.

  6. Statement from the 6th Myanmar Opium Farmers' Forum

    01 June 2018

    Between 26 and 28 May 2018, representatives of opium farming communities in several states in Myanmar came together in Lashio, Shan State, to share experiences, concerns, and initiatives on the issue of illicit cultivation, especially in relation with supply-side policies which have affected their lives and livelihoods. A final statement was concluded at the end of the forum.

  7. The 9th Asian Informal Drug Policy Dialogue

    31 May 2018

    In December 2017, the Transnational Institute (TNI) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (BMZ), in collaboration with the Thai Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) and the Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage (MFLF), jointly organised the 9th Asian Informal Drug Policy Dialogue (IDPD) in Chiang Rai, Thailand. 

  8. Transparent Cannabis Supply Chain in the Netherlands

    26 May 2018

    On 28 May 2018, the Transnational Institute and the Epicurus Foundation co-hosted the second edition of the “The Transparent Chain,” a conference on transparent cannabis supply chains in Utrecht, Netherlands. 

  9. Paradigm Trap

    • Walden Bello
    24 May 2018

    Can Myanmar take a path to sustainable development that avoids the pitfalls of the orthodox development paradigm? This report argues that this is not only necessary but possible.

  10. Transnational Institute presents Transformative Cities

    08 June 2018 - Event

    How do citizens solve global problems with local solutions? With a.o. Saskia Sassen, Rutger Groot Wassink and Laura Flanders.

  11. Decriminalise agro-forestry!

    • Oliver Springate-Baginski
    22 May 2018

    Shifting cultivation is a form of agro-forestry in which the cultivation of annual agricultural crops is combined with fallowing long enough for trees to grow before the plot is cultivated again. Why is shifting cultivation so controversial, and why do different stake­holders hold such divergent views - for some a valuable and honourable tradition but for others virtually a criminal activity?

  12. Vota por el galardón del público de Ciudades Transformadoras 2018

    21 May 2018

    En todo el mundo, la gente está buscando soluciones locales a problemas globales. En 2017, el TNI puso en marcha la iniciativa Ciudades Transformadoras para encontrar experiencias innovadoras y democráticas impulsadas desde abajo en los ámbitos del agua, la energía y la vivienda. Ahora nos gustaría que nos dijerais cuáles os parecen más inspiradoras.

  13. It remains our obligation to respond

    Phyllis Bennis
    18 May 2018
    In the media

    Over the last six weeks the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reached its lowest point since the 2014 Gaza war. The Palestinian protests on the Gaza border that started on March 30 under the name 'Great March of Return', turned into massacre on May 14.

  14. Expanding the Fortress - the hidden story, the human costs

    16 May 2018

    Where would you mark Europe's border? Would it include Bangladesh? This video introduces the EU's policy of border externalisation and why it should concern all those who care about democracy, human rights and development.

  15. Uitbereiding van het fort

    • Mark Akkerman
    15 May 2018


    Het lot van de 66 miljoen gedwongen ontheemden ter wereld schijnt alleen het geweten van de Europese Unie te beroeren wanneer de media hun schijnwerpers richten op een tragedie aan de Europese grenzen. Slechts één Europees land – Duitsland – staat in de top tien van landen wereldwijd die vluchtelingen ontvangen, terwijl de overgrote meerderheid van de gedwongen ontheemden opgevangen wordt in enkele van ‘s werelds armste landen. De onzichtbaarheid wordt daarom alleen doorbroken wanneer grensgemeenschappen zoals Calias, Lampedusa en Lesvos in het nieuws komen te staan, wanneer wanhopige mensen die op de vlucht zijn voor geweld uiteindelijk de dood vinden, worden gedetineerd of klem zitten in moeilijke omstandigheden.

  16. INCB hearing on the use of cannabis for medical and non-medical purposes

    David Bewley-Taylor
    14 May 2018

    TNI's Prof. Dave Bewley-Taylor recently delivered a statement on how states can reconcile treaty obligations with democratically mandated policy shifts at the national level to a legally regulated cannabis market, with due regard for international law, and what role the International Narcotics Control Board can play in this process.

  17. Flex Crops: A Primer

    • Jun Borras, Jennifer Franco, S. Ryan Isakson, Les Levidow, Pietje Vervest, Gustavo de L. T. Oliveira, Mindi Schneider, Ben McKay, Sérgio Sauer, Ben Richardson, Roman Herre, Alberto Alonso-Fradejas, Juan Liu, Tania Salerno, Yunan Xu, Markus Kröger
    14 May 2018

    What is a flex crop, and what does this mean for food, land, climate, and people?

  18. Espandendo la fortezza

    • Mark Akkerman
    14 May 2018


    Il dramma dei 66 milioni di sfollati forzati nel mondo sembra turbare la coscienza dell’Unione europea solo quando i riflettori dei media portano alla luce una tragedia alle sue frontiere. Solo un Paese dell’UE – la Germania – sta nella top ten dei Paesi che ospita gli sfollati, che per lo più sono ospitati da Paesi tra i più poveri del mondo.

  19. Expanding the fortress

    • Mark Akkerman
    14 May 2018

    Résumé du rapport

    La situation désespérée des 66 millions de personnes déplacées dans le monde ne semble troubler la conscience européenne que lorsqu’un drame a lieu à ses frontières et se retrouve sous le feu des projecteurs médiatiques. Un seul État européen – l’Allemagne – se place dans les dix premiers pays au monde en termes d’accueil des réfugiés : la grande majorité des personnes contraintes de migrer est accueillie par des États se classant parmi les plus pauvres au monde. Les migrations ne deviennent visibles aux yeux de l’Union européenne (UE) que lorsque les médias s’intéressent aux communautés frontalières de Calais, Lampedusa ou Lesbos et exposent le sort de personnes désespérées, fuyant la violence et qui finissent par mourir, être mises en détention ou se retrouver bloquées.