2 August 2012


The new issue of The World Today focuses on international drugs policy and the 'war on drugs'. Also: economist DeAnne Julius examines the causes of rising income inequality; former British Ambassador Sir Christopher Meyer looks at the world’s ‘super cities’; and Asia analyst Gareth Price assesses Afghanistan’s prospects beyond the NATO withdrawal in 2014.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos argues that the burden of fighting the drugs trade has fallen too heavily on producer and transit countries, such as Colombia and Mexico. 'A commitment from the entire international community is required,' he tells editor Alan Philps. And American analyst Mark Kleiman suggests cannabis could be legal in the US in the next 15 years.

Drug trafficking is just one of the causes behind the ongoing crisis in Mali, writes Chatham House expert Paul Melly, as he examines the decline of a once admired democracy into ‘embittered partition.’ Elsewhere in Africa, Elizabeth Donnelly looks at the internal instability rocking Mali's regional neighbour Nigeria, while Adekeye Adebajo likens Nigeria's relationship with South Africa to a Shakespearean drama.

Gareth Price finds cause for concern in the slow pace of the reconciliation process with the Taliban in Afghanistan, but also signs of optimism. ‘Some form of political settlement can be reached... but this will be contingent on relations with its neighbours.'

In the wake of the recent banking scandals on both sides of the Atlantic, transnational crime expert Mark Galleotti says voters too often see corruption as being like bad weather: 'something to endure, rather than a problem to fix.’ But a witchhunt over executive pay will not help us tackle rising income inequality, argues DeAnne Julius, a former member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee.


Drugs Policy

The 50-year war against drugs has failed and a new approach is needed, Claire Yorke and Benoît Gomis

Legalization could make things worse, Bill Hughes

Is treating the symptoms the way forward?, Ian Perrin and David L Heyman

Q&A: Mark Kleiman says Cannabis may be legal in the US in a decade, Alan Philps

Organized criminals won't fade away, Dr Vanda Felbab-Brown

Interview: President Juan Manual Santos of Colombia, Alan Philps

Time to separate drugs policy from crime, Danny Kushlick


European leadership is limp, but Merkel on steroids is not the answer, Paola Subacchi

We're too tolerant of corruption at home, Mark Galeotti

No need for a witch hunt over executive pay, Dr DeAnne Julius

The risks for British schools in relying on rich foreign pupils, Anthony Seldon

Why China loves Eton, Kerry Brown

A breakdown of British Euroscepticism, Thomas Raines

Assad's fate is in the hands of the Alawites, David Butter

The Syrian woman who would not be silenced, Alan Philps

Morsi's plan to keep the Egyptian army sweet, David Hearst

The sad decline of Mali, Paul Melly

Nigeria and South Africa: Rivalries, rows, and reconciliations, Dr Adekeye Adebajo

Big problems but a big future, Elizabeth Donnelly

Life after NATO, Gareth Price

The barber of Kabul, Jolyon Leslie

Notebook: Christopher Meyer

Postcard from...Isoke, South Sudan, Elizabeth Hodgkin

Books: How football continues to influence Spanish and Italian politics, David Winner

Books: Russian novelists in thrall to Tolstoy's legacy, Phoebe Taplin

Books: John F Jungclaussen's German reading list

A date with history...Germany's 1990 re-unification, Alan Philps


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