Building sustainable peacetime economies in the aftermath of war

Drugs & (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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Journal Articles
April 19, 2021

International Journal of Drug Policy Special Issue: Drugs, conflict and development

Empirical research on the convergence of the drugs, development and peacebuilding policy fields, calling into question a growing reformist agenda that advocates for the developmentalisation of drugs.

Working Papers
February 15, 2021

Drugs and development in Afghanistan: national policy and actor analysis

An overview of counter-narcotic laws, policies and programmes in Afghanistan since 2001 and what it means for policy engagement today.

February 4, 2021

Journeys to borderlands always seem to lead to unexpected surprises

Jonathan Goodhand's journey to a remote Afghan village, gave him a rare glimpse into the intricacies of borderland political struggles.

November 11, 2020

Naming the elephant in the room to imagine better policy

Karen Brock argues for more open exchanges about that 'elephant in the room', especially among policymakers.

November 3, 2020

Colombia: does peace still have a chance?

Francisco Gutierrez outlines the important role for international actors in helping turn the tide of violence in Colombia.

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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I'll be chatting about 'the contours of hybrid governance in Latin America' 20hs (CET) tonight at @SLASLatAm conference with @AbelloColak @vivigarciap @mattyrichy @adsbaird - session is open to the public, message me if you'd like the link 💥

Los invitamos a leer la más reciente entrada de nuestro #BlogRedesdal sobre la atención a consumidores de droga en países de #Latinoamérica, escrita por Roberto Pires y María Paula Santos aquí 👉

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