Register for six seminars on illicit economies, violence and development
Militias are often long-term political actors of post-war frontier areas. central to how states and markets function. What does this imply those making and implementing security policies?
María Alejandra Vélez and María Juliana Rubiano-Lizarazo of CESED reflect on challenges in implementing crop substitution in environmentally protected areas and indigenous reserves.
The trade in drugs and people are growing in importance as other sectors of Afghanistan’s economy contract or shut down and poverty deepens.
Six defining characteristics of the evolution of Colombia’s drugs policy and two possible entry point for policy influence with research.
Based on analysis of how drugs policies and programmes intersect with conflict, peace, health and development in Myanmar.
What the book ‘Mushrooms at the end of the world’ can teach us about investigating life and policymaking in drug-affected borderlands
How anthropologist Anna Tsing, deploy mushrooms as a metaphor for how life may regrow in capitalist ruins. Is this the approach we need to investigate the entanglement of illicit drug economies in conflict-affected borderlands, asks Eric Gutierrez?
Five reasons why counter-narcotics policy ambitions have failed in Afghanistan and reflections on what this means for those seeking to inform counter-narcotics policymaking and interventions.
Jonathan Goodhand’s journey to a remote Afghan village, gave him a rare glimpse into the intricacies of borderland political struggles.
Jessica’s story spotlights the stigmatisation and violence associated with coca farming, as well as the welfare benefits and development it brings to families and communities – it’s a story of hardship, resilience and tough trade-offs.
Coca farmers are wanting to engage with the national illicit crop substitution programme. But patience is wearing thin. They need viable alternatives, now.
Governments must move quickly to level with their citizens about the nature of the threat and get them involved in finding solutions. Given what is at stake, there is not a moment to lose.