Drugs & Crime

A customer leaves the MOCA Modern Cannabis dispensary in Chicago on on Jan. 22.

As Nation Holds Breath, the War on Drugs Is Quietly Abandoned

Decriminalization measures have won across the United States.

Supporters of newly appointed Prime Minister Sadyr Japarov wave Kyrgyz flags during a rally in support of Japarov in Bishkek on Oct. 14.

Kyrgyzstan’s Protests Won’t Keep Corrupt Criminals Out of Politics

Members of the criminal underworld have long turned to politics to avoid prosecution. Ousting one set of corrupt leaders in favor of another won’t end the country’s crisis.

A view of the damage inside Chicago Lake Liquors on June 5, after it was looted during the protests and riots following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Violence Hurts the Communities Protesters Want to Protect

A disturbing rise in crime figures highlights the dangers of endorsing militancy.

An Islamic State billboard is seen destroyed in the middle of a road in Qaraqosh, Iraq, on Nov. 8, 2016.

Reintegrating Ex-Terrorists

Entrepreneurship can help reintegrate former militants—and may be useful for U.S. criminal justice reform, too.

Playing cards showing details of missing children are displayed in Beijing on March 31, 2007.

Human Trafficking Helps Terrorists Earn Money and Strategic Advantage

The United States should get serious about ending slavery once and for all.

Policemen are seen at a crime scene in Guadalajara, Jalisco, on Nov. 22.

In Mexico, AMLO’s Presidency Turned One

Here’s how he’s delivering on his security promises.

A soldier stands guard as cocaine seized on the Atlantic coast of Honduras is incinerated on October 17, 2013.

In Honduras, the U.S. War on Drugs Is Empowering Corrupt Elites

The Central American country has become a transit zone for drug traffickers and the center of a biofuel boom. Dispossessed indigenous groups are paying the price.

A man looks at his phone near a giant image of the Chinese national flag on the side of a building in Beijing on Oct. 23, 2017.

China’s Record on Intellectual Property Rights Is Getting Better and Better

The country is making the transition from net importer of ideas to net innovator, and as it does, it is finding that good patent laws matter.

Users make their way into a pop-up safe injection site in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Jan. 26, 2018.

Canada’s Drug Crisis Has a Solution. Politicians Don’t Like It.

Decriminalization saves lives. But Canada is only just accepting that reality—and the United States is even further behind.

An illustration picture shows pills, tablets, caplets, and capsules of medicine in Lille on May 7, 2017.

Addicted in Bhutan

The country’s substance use spike is undermining its focus on gross national happiness.

Policemen prepare to incinerate drugs at a cement plant on June 19, 2011 in Beijing, China.

China’s Reefer Madness Is Sweeping Up Foreigners

Legal marijuana abroad is playing into xenophobia at home.

A Guerrero community police member stands guard at an illegal poppy field in Heliodoro Castillo, Guerrero state, Mexico, on March 25, 2018.

When Poppies Don’t Pay

With a stark decline in the price fetched by opium gum, Mexico’s government should take strides toward making crop substitution proposals a reality in Guerrero.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales at a press conference with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley in Guatemala City on Feb. 28, 2018. (Johan Ordoñez/AFP/Getty Images)

Corrupt Guatemalans’ GOP Lifeline

U.S. Republicans are weakening a U.N. anti-corruption investigation into President Jimmy Morales. What are they getting in exchange?

A farmer carries a sack of coca leaves in a field in the Guaviare department, Colombia, on Sept. 25, 2017. (Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images)

Swapping Cocaine for Peace

A voluntary coca crop substitution initiative in Colombia is failing. It is still the country’s best option to address its cocaine production problem.

: Chinese police wear protective clothing as they prepare to burn a shipment of drugs, which included heroin, marijuana and methamphetamines seized from dealers and addicts, in Beijing in 2005. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

China Killed Prince

Fentanyl is the PRC’s deadliest export—and new promises probably won’t stop it.

A police agent confiscates illegal poppy flowers during an operation in Sinaloa, Mexico on March 15. (Rashide Frias /AFP/Getty Images)

Mexico’s War on Drugs Failed

Proposals to legalize opium production could still beat the cartels—but only if poppy farmers are part of the process.

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South Africans Are Taking the Law Into Their Own Hands

In a country where no one trusts the police, vigilante groups promising to stop gang violence were initially welcomed. Now, with extralegal justice on the rise, some citizens have had enough.

A 26-year-old victim of domestic violence poses for pictures in Moscow on Feb. 3, 2017. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

In Russia, Feminist Memes Buy Jail Time, but Domestic Abuse Doesn’t

A year after the country decriminalized domestic violence, women feel the consequences.

A collection of coins from all over the world is pictured in Milan, Italy, on Dec. 9, 2011. (Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images)

Financial Crimes and Punishment

China is now in charge of one of the world’s most important watchdogs. Here’s how it is treating allies like Pakistan.

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