The Global Drug Wars report, published by LSE's IDEAS centre for the study of international affairs, examines how the complex and opaque international drug control system evolved and why it continues to operate in the manner that it does.
President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos, in his foreword to the report, says: "The time has come to take a fresh look and we invite world leaders, scientists and experts to start an open, serious and honest debate about this war. The time has come to think outside the box."
He adds: "This report is a valuable contribution to this healthy and necessary debate. By re-examining the international approach to the drug problem from an academic perspective, we are nourishing the discussion and setting the conditions to find a new and more efficient strategy."
The report was launched at a public debate where experts as professor David Courtwright from the University of North Florida; Nigel Inkster, the IISS's Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk; William McAllister from the US Department of State; Ethan Nadelmann, founder of the Drug Policy Alliance and HE Mauricio Rodríguez, Ambassador of Colombia, discussed the findings in the document.
A podcast of this event is available to listen here
It's time for a 'fresh look' at war on drugs: Santos - Colombia Reports