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    President Trump’s First State of the Union: LSE Experts React

President Trump’s First State of the Union: LSE Experts React

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On Tuesday January 30th, President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. We asked LSE experts to give their rapid reaction to the speech.  Read the State of the Union address here.

A scripted 80 minute speech does not portend a departure from the chaos of Trump’s presidency: Brian Klaas– LSE Government

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    Donald Trump’s interim Opioid Commission report did not mention drug courts. Here’s why that’s a positive step.  

Donald Trump’s interim Opioid Commission report did not mention drug courts. Here’s why that’s a positive step.  

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Last week, President Trump declared America’s opioid crisis to be a “public health emergency”, announcing measures to tackle the problem including expanding access to treatment. John Collins writes that, in a positive and perhaps surprising move, in its interim report, Trump’s Commission did not mention drug courts, a politically popular approach to tackling substance-abuse. He argues that drug courts, […]

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    Trump’s return to ‘drug war’ rhetoric is unlikely to succeed in a region that has largely rejected its effectiveness

Trump’s return to ‘drug war’ rhetoric is unlikely to succeed in a region that has largely rejected its effectiveness

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Under Donald Trump, US federal drug policy has undergone a fairly dramatic reversal. The Obama administration’s criticisms of the ‘war on drugs’ are gone, replaced by a seeming return to eradication policies in key drug producer countries. John Collins, Executive Director of the US Centre’s International Drug Policy Unit, writes that the Trump administration’s return to unilateral aggressive supply […]

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    The State Department’s move to a more flexible diplomatic policy on drugs is a rational approach to a difficult question.

The State Department’s move to a more flexible diplomatic policy on drugs is a rational approach to a difficult question.

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This October, the U.S. State Department reiterated its new policy on international drug enforcement: a more tolerant attitude towards different drug policies, and even outright legalization, in other countries. John Collins examines this new ‘Brownfield Doctrine’, named after William Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. He looks at the international […]

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    It is time to end the ‘war on drugs’ and redirect resources toward evidence-based policies underpinned by economic analysis

It is time to end the ‘war on drugs’ and redirect resources toward evidence-based policies underpinned by economic analysis

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Drugs and the problems associated with illicit drug markets are one of the major issues facing countries in Europe and elsewhere across the world. John Collins outlines findings from a report by an LSE Expert Group on the need for a new global drug strategy. He writes that the so called ‘war on drugs’ has led to significant negative […]

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