Media Release 19 April 2021 | SOAS, University of London A new Special Issue of the International Journal of Drugs Policy (IJDP), led by SOAS University of London, provides empirical research on the convergence of the drugs, development and peacebuilding policy fields, and calls into question a growing reformist agenda that advocates for the developmentalisation of drugs. […]
Afghanistan is a land-locked mountainous country with a population of some 38 million. It is classified as ‘low income’ and ranks 168 out of 188 according to the HDI. As of 2016, an estimated 54.5% of Afghanistan’s population lived below the poverty line. Located along the historic Silk Road, Afghanistan has long been integrated into […]
Colombia is a regionally, environmentally and ethnically diverse country with a population of about 48 million people. It is ranked 79 out of 189 countries on the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Human Development Index (HDI) and is classified by the World Bank as belonging to the ‘upper middle income’ group. However, Colombia is also one of the most unequal countries […]
Myanmar is the largest country in mainland Southeast Asia with a population of about 53 million people. It shares extensive borders with Bangladesh, India, the Peoples Republic of China (incorporating Tibet), Laos and Thailand. Although the country has vast natural resources, most of the population is extremely poor. The country is ranked 145 out of […]
Voices from the borderlands 2020 is one of several Drugs & (dis)order outputs that aim to shed light on the experiences and perspectives of people involved in illicit drugs in seven borderland regions of Colombia, Afghanistan and Myanmar. It is intended for a broad audience of researchers, practitioners and policymakers working on issues related to […]
We need to recognise that people need to survive – they should not be treated as criminals for trying to do so, Christian Aid’s Karol Balfe writes.
A summary of academic research from Latin America published in 2018 on public policies to address organised crime related to drug trafficking.