Drugs and Organized Crime

This project seeks to explore alternative options to the drug and organized crime policy challenge and provide a distinctive contribution to the debate.

Through the establishment of a broad and varied network of senior individuals and organizations involved in the field, the project aims to develop a comprehensive assessment of potential policy responses. It seeks to highlight the local, regional and international dimensions of the topic and how they relate to one another for government strategies. Moreover, the project will explore the overlap and importance of areas including public health, education, international law and civil society efforts in informing a comprehensive and more effective approach to drugs policy.


Drawing on the independent and impartial forum of Chatham House, practitioners, officials, academics and policy makers will be asked to think innovatively about what policy makers should do to meet the drugs and crime policy challenge and how any responses relate to the local, national, regional and international level. Through events and publications it aims to raise the prominence of drugs and organized crime within the international policy and mainstream security agenda. 

Independent Advisory Panel

This project is assisted by an Independent Advisory Panel of experts from different related fields. Members include: 

  • Damon Barrett, Deputy Director, Harm Reduction International; and Director, International Centre on Human Rights and Drugs Policy
  • Bob Baxter, Associate Fellow, International Security, Chatham House
  • Vanda Felbab-Brown, Fellow, Brookings, USA
  • Roger Golland, Director, Viasol Limited 
  • William Hughes, Former Director, Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA); Advisory Board Member, Centre for Criminal Law and Justice, Durham University
  • Danny Kushlick, Founder and Head of External Affairs, Transform
  • David Livingstone, Associate Fellow, International Security, Chatham House
  • Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora, Mexican Ambassador to the United Kingdom
  • Andrés Rozental, Senior Fellow, Brookings, USA

Modernising Drug Law Enforcement project

This project, led by the International Drug Policy Consortium, with the participation of the International Security Research Department at Chatham House and the International Institute for Strategic Studies, aims to collate and refine theoretical material and examples of new approaches to drug law enforcement, as well as to promote debate amongst law enforcement leaders on the implications for future strategies.

The project, running from August 2012 until November 2013, will be comprised of a publication series; network development; and a seminar series with senior law enforcement officials and experts. More.

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