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Addicted to Failure: US Drug War Policy in the Americas

 Witness for Peace Northwest presents Institute for Policy Studies Fellow and Director of the Drug Policy Project, Sanho Tree


Since the 1960s, the US has squandered about trillion dollars on a failed drug war. Internationally, much of our "war" has taken place in Latin America where eradication planes have defoliated millions of acres in Colombia, US-trained police have filled prisons, and prohibition has fueled murderous gang wars. Sanho Tree will explore the impacts of our tax payer dollars at work in this system, which has failed to accomplish it's main objectives: curtail the production of illicit drugs and prevent them from reaching our streets. He will also address why, despite negative impacts and unsuccessful results, we continue to support policies that violate human rights and destroy the environment.

Sanho is a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and Director of its Drug Policy Project. A former military and diplomatic historian, his current work focuses on policies concerning international drug control, counterinsurgency, and counterterrorism. In recent years the project has focused on the attendant “collateral damage” caused by the US exporting its failed drug war to Colombia, Mexico Bolivia and Afghanistan. Establishing humane and sustainable alternatives to the drug war fits into the IPS mandate as one of the major contemporary social justice issues at home and abroad. He has been featured in more than a dozen documentaries and frequently lectures at universities and conferences around the world. He previously collaborated with Dr. Gar Alperovitz on The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb and the Architecture of an American Myth (Knopf, 1995). He was also associate editor of CovertAction Quarterly, an award-winning magazine of investigative journalism, and worked at the International Human Rights Law Group in the late 1980s. Currently, he serves on the boards of Witness for Peace and the Andean Information Network.

Here are links to his recent work...

Shoveling Water a Witness for Peace documentary examining the complexity of the drug war in Colombia and US foreign policy.

Recent Works
 blogs, op-eds, publications, interviews, articles, and more

 YES! Magazine interview with Sanho Tree