Building sustainable peacetime economies in the aftermath of war

Drugs and (Dis)order is a Global Challenges Research Fund project generating new evidence on how to transform illicit drug economies into peace economies in Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar.

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November 26, 2019

Marginal development: states, markets and violence in drug-affected borderlands

Challenging how conflict, development and state-building are conceptualised and responded to, drawing on research from Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar.

December 18, 2019

The historical role of opium and what it tells us about illicit economies today

Jonathan Goodhand explores historical insights from two books and what they tell us about illicit economies today.

Guidance, Publications
October 21, 2019

Data management guidance

Guidance on how to handle research data.

September 4, 2019

There is still time to make Colombia's illicit crop substitution programme work

This blog shares the key results of a survey with coca farmers in two of Colombia's highest coca producing regions.

August 12, 2019

What you didn’t know about Mexico’s opium crisis

The drug fentanyl is devastating Mexican poppy cultivating communities, but it could be an unprecedented opportunity for Mexico.

Research Sites

The research programme will draw on empirical data from Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar


Afghanistan is estimated to produce 90% of heroin consumed in the UK. We're working in three borderland Afghanistan regions.

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Since Colombia's 2016 peace agreement, coca cultivation has expanded. We're working in four Colombian borderland sites.

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Myanmar is the second largest producer of illicit opium in the world. We're working in two Myanmar borderland states.

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Recent Tweets

🎬 'Illicit economies are important in war affected countries like Afghanistan because it's one of the main sources of income for many people.'

@Orzala @AREUafghanistan talks about building a new evidence base to tackle #illiciteconomies #DrugPolicyReform #peacebuilding

If you're in London, sign up for this book launch event 'Is a politics without violence imaginable and realisable?' with @LSE_LACC

28 January, 18.00-20.00

'I don't think you can understand the dynamics of conflict and the legacies of how they affect people, unless you understand the role that these illicit economies - and especially drugs - are playing.' @anamarjona

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