Latin America's new drug policy initiatives: potentials and pitfalls
Executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance
Thursday 23 August; 13:30 - 15:30
Litteraturhuset (room: Amalie Skram)
Wergelandsvn. 29, Oslo
Registration here (free entrance)
Large parts of Latin America have for many years been deeply affected by the negative effects of illegal drug trafficking including large scale public corruption and levels of violence hitherto only seen in wartime. These problems have until recently almost exclusively been confronted through increased policing and military operations, often in collaboration with the United States. However, this approach has not impeded the strengthening of increasingly violent drug trafficking organizations. Recently a number of countries have suggested radically different approaches to regulate drug use and sale. In this seminar, director of the US-based Drug Policy Alliance, Ethan Nadelmann will discuss these proposals, their possibilities of becoming formal policies and their potential consequences.
Ethan Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the war on drugs. He has received a BA, JD, and PhD from Harvard, and a master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics. He taught politics and public affairs at Princeton University from 1987 to 1994. He is the co-author of "Cops Across Borders" (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1993) and "Policing the Globe: Criminalization and Crime Control in International Relations" (Oxford University Press 2006), and has published a number of articles on drug-policy in publications ranging from Science and Foreign Affairs to American Heritage and National Review.