Drugs, Peace, and Development: Rethinking Policy
Learn about contradictions between drugs, peace and development policy and learn how to create more humane policies in this online course from SOAS.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for those involved or interested in the fields of conflict, peace, development, global security, public health, and drug programmes. Activists, researchers, policy makers and individuals working for NGOs will all find it valuable.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
Investigate the relationship between illicit drugs, conflict, and development, drawing on evidence from the borderlands of three major drug-producing regions of the world: Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar
Identify policy linked to the wars on drugs and their different impacts on some of the world’s most marginalised populations
Engage with contemporary debates on global drug policy and efforts to integrate drugs, development and peacebuilding policy
Assess the tensions and trade-offs surrounding policy goals of a drug-free world, the promotion of peace and sustainable development
Apply the concept of a policy ‘trilemma’ to navigate tensions and trade-offs between policy goals, and to devise more humane ways to tackle drugs, development and peacebuilding challenges