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Grasping the Links in the Chain: Understanding the Unintended Consequences of International Counter-Narcotics Measures for the EU

Objective

Since the end of the Cold War there has been an explosion in the international drugs market and a consequent general desire to review and reform the existing international control regime. Academic understanding of the role of the drugs market in the international economy has increased, but the cumulative impact of counter-narcotics measures in transit chain countries between source and market remain poorly understood, nor are there many comparative studies of the manner that differing illicit drug economies work. These factors remain obstacles to understanding and eliminating the unintended consequences of current counter-narcotic policies, particularly since supply and demand-based counter narcotics measures are separated by the intermediary impact of the geographical 'transit chain' in most cases. This proposal offers the novelty of undertaking a comparative strategic study of two major drug markets, heroin and marijuana, through the prism of the transit chains that currently operate between Afghanistan and the EU and North Africa and the EU respectively, with a view to then evolving a more comprehensive counter-narcotics policy aimed at minimising the proliferation of unintended consequences. The proposal aims to bring this about via a combination of building up an up-to-date strategic model of how these two drugs markets currently operate, conducting interviews with counter-narcotics practicioners and field research in both the source and transit chain countries concerned, and then disseminating this research in the form of concrete policy recommendations via conference activity and publications, including a collection of conference papers and at least one major monograph.

Call for proposal

FP7-SEC-2011-1
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
Address
University Avenue
G12 8QQ Glasgow
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 289 841,98
Administrative Contact
Joe Galloway (Mr.)

Participants (6)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 143 862,40
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Franck Charron (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET POTSDAM

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 43 045,27
Address
Am Neuen Palais 10
14469 Potsdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Regina Gerber (Dr.)
VAN DER VEEN HANS TAEKE (VISIBLE HAND RESEARCH)
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 141 306,35
Address
Admiralengracht 228 I
1056TK Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans Taeke Van Der Veen (Dr.)
COVENTRY UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 152 992
Address
Priory Street
CV1 5FB Coventry
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eva Kipnis (Ms.)
SCHOOL OF ORIENTAL AND AFRICAN STUDIES ROYAL CHARTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 50 616,80
Address
Thornhaugh Street Russel Square
WC1H OXG London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jonathan Goodhand (Dr.)
THORNLEY MANSFIELD LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 60 077,40
Address
Queen Anne Terrace 22 North Hill
PL4 8EG Plymouth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Mansfield (Mr.)