Local Marijuana Legalization in U.S., Mexico May Impact Hemisphere-Wide Policy

Originally published in March 2014 Sporadic liberalization may have an effect on peoples’ attitudes toward drug laws. Through decriminalization, legalization and potentially legal advertising, marijuana may lose the social and criminal stigma currently associated with it. In the U.S., national and statewide polls conducted since the legalization votes in Washington state and Colorado show greater… Continue reading Local Marijuana Legalization in U.S., Mexico May Impact Hemisphere-Wide Policy

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Uruguay Marijuana Bill Portends New Era in Drug Policy

Originally published in August 2013 Earlier this month, Uruguay's House of Representatives passed a bill legalizing marijuana and regulating the production, distribution and sale of the drug by the government. While the bill has yet to be approved by the Uruguayan Senate, its passage is expected. Uruguay would then become the first country in the… Continue reading Uruguay Marijuana Bill Portends New Era in Drug Policy

Reasoning with Rebels

Originally published in September 2012 States and international organisations struggle with constructive ways of engaging non-state armed groups, such as rebels, militias, paramilitaries, and warlords. Their traditional rules of engagement focus on state actors as dominant actors in the international system, and underline the national integrity of states. In doing so, they fail to attend… Continue reading Reasoning with Rebels

Reasoning with Rebels: the Nitty-Gritty of Engaging Armed Groups

Originally published in June 2012 Armed groups have become a more than common feature in today’s conflicts. As of 2010, all active conflicts involve at least one non-state armed actor, if not several, according to the Uppsala Conflict Data Program. Yet, the international community still faces severe difficulties in dealing with them. Naturally, different strategies… Continue reading Reasoning with Rebels: the Nitty-Gritty of Engaging Armed Groups