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International Journal of Drug Policy

The International Journal of Drug Policy (IJDP) provides a forum for the dissemination of current research, reviews, debate, and critical analysis on drug use and drug policy in a global context. The journal is particularly concerned to explore the effects of drug policy and practice on drug-using behavior and its health and social consequences.  IJDP is edited by the Drugs and (dis)order Co-Investigator Professor Tim Rhodes.

Journal of Illicit Economies and Development

Journal of Illicit Economies and Development (JIED) is a peer-reviewed, open access, electronic journal publishing research and policy commentary on the complex relationship between illicit markets and development.

The journal is cross-disciplinary and engages with academics, practitioners, and decision makers in facilitating for interventions and development planning that incorporates an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of illicit markets.

The journal welcomes scholars and practitioners from all disciplines with an interest and expertise in the complexities illicit markets pose to the achievement of key development goals, such as the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and progress towards peace and security in fragile settings.

Is forced eradication of coca crops effective?

In Colombia, attempts have been made to control coca production through aerial eradication, manual eradication and voluntary crop substitution programmes.

Available data on land area with planted coca crop suggests that these measures have not been successful in reducing production. What’s more, they have negative effects on the populations that live in those areas.

Rigorous studies on the effectiveness of anti-drug policies indicate that other measures yield better results.

Further research is needed to evaluate the impact and efficiency of sustainable development policy alternatives, and the strengthening of state presence. While alternative measures involve high investment, they seem to have a greater impact in the long-term and few negative side effects for civilian populations.

Organised crime and drug markets: recent contributions from Latin America academia

This thematic paper summarises the academic research from Latin America published in 2018 on public policies to address organised crime related to drug trafficking.

These publications have called for a rethinking of state responses that use of force, which can lead to human rights violations. The evidence shows that the most effective policies to reduce violence in the fight against organise crime, are those that manage to frame the use of state force in social programmes. Therefore, it is urgent that we better understand the context and dynamics of organised crime in relation to economic and cultural dimensions. Furthermore, the complexity of the problem means that it is necessary to develop public policies for impact and measurement from a long-term perspective.