The Global Initiative Network


Julia Buxton

Professor, Central European University

  • Professor of Comparative Politics teaching and researching on drug policy and enforcement impacts, violence, conflict and conflict sensitive policy interventions.
  • Senior Research Associate at Global Drugs Policy Observatory, University of Swansea.
  • Previously Peace Studies, University of Bradford, Adjunct Prof Edmund Walsh School Foreign Service, Georgetown and University of Kingston.
  • Consultant / Region Team Head Oxford Analytica.
  • Fieldwork, consultancy and research in Latin America, Venezuela, Pakistan (British Council), Nepal and with Sida (Sweden) Peace and Conflict Helpdesk function.
  • Current research projects on Venezuelan migrants and coordination of public health responses (Peru and Colombia, PI Juan Arroyo, Lima) and on gendered impacts of drug policy (OSF grant) with regional workshops in Budapest and Accra.
  • Previously director / team leader and course contributor for UK FCO Chevening and Ministry of Defence professional and short training courses.
  • Extensive international media contributions.

  • Anatomy of Failure: International Drug Policy (forthcoming 2020 Lynne Rienner, Boulder, Colorado)
  • Edited collection: Shifting the Needle: Impacts of Drug Policy enforcement on Women (2020 Emerald Publishing UK)
  • Special edition: International Development Policy Journal (2020, on drugs and development)
  • ‘Defusing Venezuela’, Journal of Diplomacy, Seton Hall (June 2018)
  • ‘Venezuela: Deeper into the Abyss’, Revista de Ciencia Politica, Vol 38 (2018)
  • NACLA ‘The Missteps of Venezuela’s Opposition’ (May 2019)
  • ‘Situation Normal in Venezuela: All Fouled Up’ (March 2017)
  • Co-authors: C Hallam and D Bewley Taylor, Dealing with Synthetics: Time to Reframe the Narrative (2017, GDPO, University of Swansea)
  • Drugs and Development: The Great Disconnect
  • Co-author: T. Bingham, The Rise and Challenge of Dark Net Drug Markets (both January 2015, GDPO, University of Swansea)
  • Venezuela after Chavez, New Left Review (June 2016)
  • Co-author: J Csete et al, ‘Public Health and International Drug Policy’,
  • Special edition of The Lancet (April 2016)
  • ‘Alternative Agendas in Peacekeeping’ in K. Kenkel, South American Peace Ops, (2013, Routledge)
  • ‘The Practitioner’s Perspective’ and ‘Tailoring Training in Gender, Peace, Conflict and Development’ in special edition of Journal of Peace, Conflict & Development Issue 19, December 2012
  • ‘Forward into History: Understanding Barack Obama’s Latin America Policy’ Special Edition of Latin American Perspectives, Summer 2011
  • The Politics of Drugs, (ed) (2010, Routledge)
  • ‘South America, Peace Operations and MINUSTAH: The View from Venezuela’ in Special Issue, South American Perspectives on Peace Operations, International Peacekeeping, Vol 17, no. 5, Nov 2010
  • ‘Opportunity Lost: Alternative Development in Drug Control’ in J. Tokatlian (ed) Old Wars: New Thinking, (2010, Libros Zorazal)
  • ‘A History of Drug Control’ in P. Keefer and N. Loayza (eds) Innocent Bystanders, (2010, World Bank Publications)
  • (eds) Political Violence and the Construction of National Identity in Latin America, (2007, Palgrave)
  • The Political Economy of Narcotic Drugs, (2006, Zed)
  • Editor with O. Greene and C. Salonius Pasternak, Conflict Prevention, Management and Reduction in Africa (eds) Foreign Ministry of Finland Publication, (2006)
  • The Failure of Political Reform in Venezuela (2001, Ashgate).

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