International security and the global war on drugs: The tragic irony of drug securitisation

1 February 2011
Kushlick, D.
Transform Drug Policy Foundation

A report which examines how the misuse of drugs has been framed as a security issue – a threat to humanity which is intended to justify the extraordinary measures of worldwide prohibition and a militarised war. As a result of this 'securitisation', global drug policy has been placed 'above politics' and effectively immunised from scrutiny. What is needed, the report argues, is a comprehensive impact assessment of drug policy, conducted along the lines of the three pillars of the UN – development, security and human rights – which would bring the issue back within the sphere of normal policy evaluation.