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The Global Drug Wars

LSE IDEAS public debate

Date: Tuesday 23 October 2012 
Time: 6.30-8pm 
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speakers: Professor David Courtwright, Nigel Inkster, Dr William B McAllister, Dr Ethan Nadelmann

How did the international drug control system arise, why has it proven so durable in the face of failure, and is there hope for reform?

David Courtwright is professor of history at the University of North Florida.

Nigel Inkster is the former director of operations and intelligence for MI6.

William McAllister is special projects director at Office of the Historian, US Department of State.

Ethan Nadelmann is founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEdrugwars

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email events@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 6043.


A copy of Dr William B McAllister's powerpoint presentation is available to download: Download 'The Global Drug Wars' (pdf).

A copy of Professor David Courtwright's powerpoint presentation is available to download: Download 'Why We Make War on Some Drugs but Not on Others' (pdf) 

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A podcast and video of this event is available to download from The Global Drug Wars.

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