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War on Drugs: Collateral Damage

Billions of dollars later, countless lives lost and disfigured, policymakers are coming round to the idea that the war on drugs has been at best a misguided endeavor.

Latin American countries – which have borne the brunt of the violence and dislocation - are spearheading the demand for new thinking. Even in the United States, which for years had led the global crusade to stop the drugs trade by throttling supply, enthusiasm is waning. Some of its states are pursuing their own experiments in decriminalization of marijuana.

It is not yet clear what the future of global drug policy will look like ahead of the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) in 2016, where member countries will debate the issue.

But this In-Depth seeks to explore the flaws in the current architecture, and document the humanitarian impact – the collateral damage – wrought by those policies in developing countries. full report

South Sudan: Shattered Dreams
Updated: February 2014
Humanitarian Futures
Updated: September 2013
A global food crisis
Updated: September 2013
Building resilience
Updated: March 2013
Kenya - No Ordinary Elections
Updated: February 2013
Aid in an urbanizing world
Updated: January 2013
What next for Myanmar?
Updated: March 2012
Child Soldiers
Updated: January 2012
On the trail of the LRA
Updated: November 2011
The rise of the "new" donors
Updated: October 2011
Sudan's Referendum
Updated: January 2011
Coping with crisis
Updated: November 2010
Congo's refugee crisis
Updated: March 2010
The landmine hangover
Updated: March 2010
Guinea: Living on the edge
Updated: January 2005
Life in northern Uganda
Updated: January 2004
Child soldiers
Updated: December 2003
Updated: October 2003
Togo elections
Updated: May 2003
Updated: April 2003
Separated Somali Children
Updated: January 2003
Sudan Peace Process
Updated: December 2002
World AIDS Day 2002
Updated: December 2002
Ituri in Eastern DRC
Updated: November 2002
Cote d’Ivoire crisis (2002)
Updated: November 2002
Internal Displacement
Updated: October 2002
Kuito - A legacy of war
Updated: June 2001
Surviving disaster
Updated: November 2000