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Re-examining International Drug Policy

Chatham House, London

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Participants

HE Mr Eduardo Medina-Mora Icaza, Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom; Attorney-General, Mexico (2006-09); Secretary of Public Safety, Mexico (2005-06)
Mark Kleiman, Professor of Public Policy, UCLA School of Public Affairs
Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (2002-10)
Chair: Misha Glenny, Journalist; Broadcaster and Author of McMafia: Seriously Organized Crime

Overview

The global drug market is valued at approximately $320 billion a year. In Mexico, more than 50,000 people have died as part of the so-called ‘war on drugs’ in the past five years, and cocaine consumption in the UK has doubled in the last ten years. 

Arguing that most current policies against drugs and organized crime are not working, the speakers will discuss possible alternative approaches, the lessons that can be learnt and the implications of varying policy choices across different regions and countries. 

This event is part of the project on Drugs and Organized Crime.