In testimony before the US Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, Brookings Institution fellow VandaFelbab-Brown discusses the security, political, and economic impacts of illicit drug production in Afghanistan.
Nick Crofts, Senior Research Fellow at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, argues that as we mark the 50th anniversary of the UN conventions which declared a global war on drugs, the world can no longer ignore the intricate links between narcotics, development and conflict.
A report tracing the beginnings and evolution of drug production in Afghanistan during its three decades-long war. The report concludes that the country's illicit economy, based on the drug trade, dominates its rudimentary licit economic sector.
A report which examines how the misuse of drugs has been framed as a security issue – a threat to humanity which is intended to justify the extraordinary measures of worldwide prohibition and a militarised war.
A thorough report examining the complex interrelationships between illicit drugs (production, trade and use), illicit drugs policies, human rights and social and economic development. The report draws attention to the fact that the association between drug policy and development policy has not been adequately acknowledged, thereby hindering the achievement of a human rights-based approach to both policy areas.
Mick Moore, Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, outlines how existing international drug law harms the developing world. The article emphasises the need for policy makers to consider alternatives to the current war on drugs.