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Former US Secretary of State George Shultz joins LSE IDEAS

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George P. Shultz has been named as an Honorary Senior Associate of the LSE IDEAS International Drug Policy Project (IDPP).

The appointment reflects Mr Shultz’s key leadership in questioning the 'war on drugs' strategy at the highest levels of government and his support for new approaches grounded in evidence and policy experimentation.

Mr Shultz, a Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University said: “I have long believed a 'war on drugs' to be a simplistic and counterproductive response to a complex policy issue. I am delighted to see LSE IDEAS take a strong lead on developing a new generation of evidence in this field and harnessing it for use by policy makers as they move beyond the failures of the 'war on drugs' era.”

IDEAS Director Professor Michael Cox said: “George Shultz embodies so many of the ideals of diplomacy, statecraft, strategic thinking and leadership that we seek to cultivate at LSE and IDEAS in particular. His academic rigour, his clear vision, and his pragmatic approach to policy as well as his successes in both the private and public sector made him the obvious choice to represent our hugely successful International Drug Policy Project as its patron.”

Mr Shultz’s remarkable career spans academia, business and government. He served as U.S. Secretary of Labor (1969-70), Director of the Office of Management and Budget (1970-72), U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (1972-74) and US Secretary of State (1982-89). Previously he was a professor of economics and MIT and the University of Chicago, as well as Dean of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Between government roles he served as an executive at Bechtel, eventually becoming its president.

The International Drug Policy Project (IDPP) is a cross-regional and multidisciplinary LSE IDEAS project, designed to establish a global centre for excellence in the study of international drug policy. It is currently focused on developing local policy solutions for the 'post war on drugs' era.

28 November 2016

Image: Shultz with President Reagan outside the Oval Office, December 1986  Public domain