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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May 27, 2021

Looking back to look forward: outlook and options for drugs and development

Spotlighting drugs and development policy processes in Afghanistan, Colombia & Myanmar. What are the implications of current events unfolding in each country? What can we learn from the past? What opportunities are there to influence policy with research?

May 12, 2021

Five considerations for international actors trying to engage with drugs policy in Myanmar

Based on analysis of how drugs policies and programmes intersect with conflict, peace, health and development in Myanmar.

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.

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.

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

Starting now: 'A new cycle of war in Colombia?' with Professor @fgutierrezsanin who will be presenting his new book. Hosted by @RodeemosDialogo. Livestream:

Five considerations for international actors trying to engage with drugs policy in Myanmar. Blog:

Join @drugs-disorder to discuss these findings & similar analysis from Afghanistan & Colombia on 27 May. Event details & sign up:

Mañana! Don't forget to sign up for 'Coca, conflicto y desarrollo' with @OrdpaTierras @fgutierrezsanin @machugirl @monicaparadah.

9am Colombia / 3pm UK. Sign up:

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