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Rethinking drug policy from a peacebuilding perspective

Studies from Afghanistan, Colombia, Peru and Nigeria

This project looked at issues of drug trafficking and organised crime in Afghanistan, the Colombia-Peru border and Nigeria, culminating in the production of a research report.

Over the past few years, we have seen a wave of drug policy reform and reflection across the world, from Colombia to Mexico and Uruguay and even some parts of the United States. These changes gave us a critical opportunity to discuss the successes and challenges of current drug control policies.

The report has contributed to the understanding of drug trafficking as an integral part of the relationship between organised crime, armed violence, conflict and fragility. It proposes a peacebuilding approach to offer more transformative and inclusive policy responses to drug trafficking beyond law enforcement.