Past event

Invitation Only

Illicit Drugs and International Security: 21st Century Alternatives to Addressing the Global Drug Problem

Chatham House, London

International Security Department, Drugs and Organized Crime

Event documents

Meeting Summary: Illicit Drugs and International Security: 21st Century Alternatives to the Global Drug Problem
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R. Gil Kerlikowske, Director, National Drug Control Policy, White House


In 2009, the Obama Administration released a national drug policy aimed at reducing both drug use and its consequences. Relying on the disease model of addiction, the US approach emphasizes treating the global drug problem as a public health problem, not just a criminal justice one. In this roundtable discussion, the speaker will discuss the importance of evidence-based drug policies and their implications for international security. He will consider what can be learned from the significant decreases in cocaine use in the United States and the role of public education and prevention in reducing both the supply and demand for drugs globally.

The event will draw from the experiences of the US and the UK in this field and highlight innovative new programmes and approaches that encompass a 21st Century approach to drug policy.  

The event is co-organized with the US Embassy in London.

Attendance is by invitation only.

Project on Drugs and Organized Crime.