Drugs & Crime

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.

A 26-year-old resident of the Indian state of Mizoram visits the drop-in center for female drug users in Aizawl to collect her daily dose of opioid substitution therapy on May 30. She began using in 2013, which has left her with painful abscesses on both her legs. She is one of many users who claim to have been beaten by Young Mizo Association volunteers on the streets. (Sarita Santoshini for Foreign Policy)

India’s Hill Country Is the First Stop on Heroin’s Deadly Route

In the nation’s northeast, Christians and activists struggle over the future of addicts.

Community police patrol the hills in Carrizalillo, Guerrero state, one of Mexico’s most dangerous, crime-ridden regions, on March 24. (Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images)

The Coming Crime Wars

Future conflicts will mostly be waged by drug cartels, mafia groups, gangs, and terrorists. It is time to rethink our rules of engagement.

Farmworker Mogoala Justice Ratalele stands near his boss, farmer Hans Bergmann, after being held at gunpoint during a theft, in Tzaneen, South Africa, on Nov. 2, 2017. (Gulshan Khan/AFP/Getty Images)

In Tacit Rebuke, U.S. Embassy in South Africa Rejects Trump Tweet

Internal cable cites report that farm murders in South Africa are at their lowest level in 19 years.

Relatives of people killed during the anti-drug operation participate in a Catholic-led  protest in Manila on November 5, 2017.
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Duterte vs. God

The Philippine president likes to pick fights. But can he win against the Catholic Church?

Andrés Manuel López Obrador gestures after voting during general elections, in Mexico City, on July 1, 2018.

López Obrador Is a Pragmatist, Not an Ideologue

Don’t expect Mexico’s new president to radically shift the country’s approach to foreign policy.

Hezbollah supporters in Beirut, Lebanon, on Aug. 14, 2007. (Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images)

Lebanon Is Protecting Hezbollah’s Cocaine Trade in Latin America

The country's institutions are not a counterweight to Hezbollah, but its enablers.

Two Chechen fighters warm by the fire burning next to a house destroyed by Russian artillery in the center of Grozny, Jan. 15, 1995. ( Michael Evsafiev/AFP/Getty Images)

The Making of a Chechen Hitman

Russia’s best killers learned their skills fighting Moscow.

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