Drug trafficking: notorious for being the organised crime most despised universal ill, and one of the most lucrative criminal flows, that often blazes the trail for other criminal acts to follow in its wake.

At the same time, however, a decade-long global “war on drugs” has polarised the international community between those who still advocate for the criminal justice and security approach to the challenge, versus those who seek a more nuanced framework that seeks to reduce demand and reduce harm.  Regardless of where you stand on this spectrum, it is clear that drug trafficking remains an evolving and pernicious threat, which is undermining governance and human security and resources violent criminal groups.

Innovation, lesson learning and more strategic approaches are clearly required if any headway is to be made.  Efforts need to be made to protect both communities and democratic processes from the negative impacts of drug trafficking on individual life chances.  Sources of resilience are increasingly being found within civil society, who have been pivotal in both revealing criminal behaviour and grand corruption, and holding governments to account to respond.

The Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime seeks to contribute to the evolution process by studying the impact of drug trafficking both at the level of emerging global trends, as well as at the local level and its interactions with community dynamics in key zones of fragility.  The Global Initiative will also seek to identify and explore the linkages between drug trafficking and other forms of crime, and to propose alternative responses for debate.

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