Law and Justice

Counternarcotics Policy

REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil - Police officers lay packages containing seized cocaine out for display after their arrival at the police airport in Lima September 1, 2014.

Past Event

Shifting Strategies on Drug Policy

September 22, 2014

On September 22, the Latin America Initiative (LAI) at Brookings, the London School of Economics (LSE) and the Open Society Foundations hosted a discussion on global drug policy trends and effectiveness. Experts addressed among other issues the security and organized crime implications, the effectiveness of supply-side policies, as well as mass incarceration and the public health dimensions.

  • Book Chapter | Ohio University Press

    Crime, Low-Intensity Conflict and the Future of War in the Twenty-First Century

    July 10, 2014, Vanda Felbab-Brown

  • Report | LSE IDEAS

    Improving U.S. Supply-Side Drug Policies

    May 7, 2014, Vanda Felbab-Brown

  • In the News

    [North Korea's economic changes] suggest it is not under as much pressure from sanctions as before, and that the [Kim] regime has proved to be very good at adapting to international financial pressure.

    April 21, 2014, Sheena Chestnut Greitens, FoxNews
  • Presentation | The Woodrow Wilson Center

    The Political Capital of Crime Groups in Mexico and the Politics of Anti-crime Measures

    April 16, 2014, Vanda Felbab-Brown

  • In the News

    Methadone is an opioid and [meth] amphetamine is a stimulant — they are made with different materials and have different effects — so you could easily have a situation in which both are popular. Medicine shortages and lack of availability of health care in North Korea also contribute to the popularity of illicit drugs.

    March 26, 2014, Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Global Post
  • In the News

    The overwhelming preponderance of evidence for years pointed to official North Korean involvement [in international drug trade]. The triads, the Yakuza in Japan — the question was one of control...It was an arrangement for mutual benefit, and it lasts as long as is convenient for both sides. These were high-quality, chemically pure shipments that were professionally packaged and shipped in large quantities. That was the defining trait of North Korean meth seizures from the late ‘90s to around 2005.

    March 18, 2014, Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Vice News
  • Opinion

    Asia’s ATS Epidemic: The Challenges for China

    March 2014, Yong-an Zhang

  • In the News

    [Methamphetamine] is a product you can make in bathtubs or trailers. You have a wide range of people involved in production and trafficking [in North Korea].

    January 27, 2014, Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Los Angeles Times
  • Interview | Small Wars Journal

    Gangs, Slums, Megacities and the Utility of Population-Centric COIN

    October 5, 2013, Vanda Felbab-Brown

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