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An Interview with Narconomics Author Tom Wainwright

An Interview with Narconomics Author Tom Wainwright

Tom Wainwright's recent book Narconomics seeks to serve as an arsenal of new ideas, even a register of best practices, for security officials looking to improve their nation's approach to security policy.

Hopes for Global Drug Policy Reform Dashed at UN Assembly

Hopes for Global Drug Policy Reform Dashed at UN Assembly

The United Nations' special assembly on drug policy ended without significant changes to existing drug conventions despite a push for reform from Latin American countries seeking a less prohibitionist regime. With the huge obstacles to a new international consensus made apparent, reformist countries around the region instead look set to continue national level experiments with drug policy.

Report Documents Guerrero's Role as Mexico's Poppy Capital

Report Documents Guerrero's Role as Mexico's Poppy Capital

A recent report on poppy in Mexico's Guerrero state highlights both the economic benefits and violent repercussions the plant's cultivation -- necessary for producing heroin -- brings to local farming communities.

Denials Follow Revelations in Honduras Drug Czar's Assassination

Denials Follow Revelations in Honduras Drug Czar's Assassination

New details about an alleged hit squad run out of Honduras' National Police headquarters carrying out high profile assassinations for organized crime have met with a wave of denials, claims of ignorance, and more action in the political arena than the legal realm.

Has Argentina entered the 'War on Drugs'?

Has Argentina entered the 'War on Drugs'?

One of the dangers of the new Argentine government's anti-drugs measures is that they enable military intervention in matters of domestic security, a path that once taken, is hard to reverse, according to this analysis published by openDemocracy in advance of the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drug Policy.

LatAm Nations Get Ready for UN Special Session on Drug Policy

LatAm Nations Get Ready for UN Special Session on Drug Policy

For the third time in its history, the United Nations will hold a special session late this month to discuss global drug policy. Several Latin American nations with much at stake are prepared to make a case for rethinking the so-called "war on drugs."

LatAm Presidents Call for Drug Reform Ahead of UN Special Session

LatAm Presidents Call for Drug Reform Ahead of UN Special Session

Former presidents of Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil have written an open letter denouncing the war on drugs and calling for substantive policy reforms ahead of next month's momentous meeting of the UN General Assembly to assess the global drug problem. 

After the lower house passed the controversial marijuana bill July 31, Uruguay is poised to become the first country on the planet to regulate the production, sale, and distribution of the drug, and provide a model for countries looking for alternatives to the world’s dominant drug policy paradigm.