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PO-M69 - The Global Governance of Drugs: Power, (Geo)Politics and Narco-Diploma

This is a Masters level module in the Department of Political and Cultural Studies, Swansea University. New for 2020/21 and taught by Prof. David Bewley-Taylor the module aims to help students better recognise and understand the role of, and interactions between, different transnational actors and institutional bodies in creating, shaping and implementing drug policy at various levels of governance. Topics covered include,

Theories, Approaches and Contemporary Challenges to Global Governance and International Organisation 
The Global Drug Prohibition Regime: Evolution and Operation 
Contemporary challenges to and tensions within the GDPR
The United States: The Driving Force? 
Multilateralism, Regional Organisations and Group politics 
The EU and Multilevel Governance 
Russia and the BRICS 
Regime Apparatus, Knowledge, and the Frankenstein Problem
Transnational Civil Society 
Regime Complexes: Drug Policy, Human Rights and Development


“Human Security and Drug Policy in Afghanistan” Executive Programme

The OSF supported “Human Security and Drug Policy in Afghanistan” Executive Programme was dlivered in New Delhi, in January 2020. It was this was part of a trilateral initiative involving the GDPO, the Afghan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU, Kabul, Afghanistan) and the TERI School of Advanced Studies (TERI-SAS, New Delhi, India).

Delivered at the TERI-SAS campus, the Programme brought together nearly 30 Afghan women and men working in vital areas on drug policy. In addition to Dave, academic director and overall project lead, the Executive Programme faculty team included AREU Deputy Director Dr Nishank Motwani, Dr Chandan Kumar (TERI-SAS), Dr David Mansfield (Private Consultant), Ross Eventon (University of Rosario, Colombia & GDPO research associate), Sai Lone (Myanmar Opium Farmers’ Forum), Tripti Tandon (Lawyers Collective, New Delhi), Dr Ravindra Rao (National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, New Delhi), and Dr Kasia Malinowska (Global Drug Policy Program, Open Society Foundations & The New School, USA). Framed deliberately a knowledge exchange rather than knowledge transfer initiative – the Programme enabled participants and faculty to learn a great deal beyond their own specialisms with Afghan colleagues keen to apply aspects of the course when they returned to their various roles in Kabul and beyond.  

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