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The Global Drug Wars

Speakers: William McAllister, David Courtwright, Ethan Nadelmann, Nigel Inkster 
Chair: Professor Michael Cox

Tuesday 23rd October 2012, 6.30 to 8.00pm, Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building

Video/Audio podcast of public event available here. Youtube video available here.

William McAllister Powerpoint.

David Courtwright Powerpoint.

Compilation of interviews with daytime conference participants available here.

Paris Report Launch Event Page.

Since 1909 the international community has worked to eradicate the abuse of narcotics. A century on, the efforts are widely acknowledged to have failed, and worse, have spurred black market violence and human rights abuses. How did this drug control system arise, why has it proven so durable in the face of failure, and is there hope for reform?

A new IDEAS Special Report on Governing the Global Drug Wars was launched at this event.

Watch the editor discuss the report on Al Jazeera English here.

For enquiries please contact John Collins: j.collins@lse.ac.uk



William B. McAllister, Ph.D., is the Chief of the Special Projects Division in the Office of the Historian at the US State Department, and is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University. He is the author of the book Drug Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century, An International History.
David T. Courtwright, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Florida and author of the book, Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World.
Ethan Nadelmann, Ph.D., is the Founder and Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance. He is the author of the book Cops Across Borders: The Internationalization of U.S. Criminal Law Enforcement.
Nigel Inkster is the Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). He previously served as the Assistant Chief and Director for Operations and Intelligence for the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).



Michael Cox

Professor Michael Cox is the Founding Director of LSE IDEAS.





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