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  • May 14, 2012

    OpenDemocracy

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    As Sanho Tree of the Institute for Policy Studies explains: "The drug war has tried in vain to keep cocaine out of people’s noses, but could result instead in scorching the lungs of the earth."

  • April 11, 2012

    StopTheDrugWar.org

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    "I think the US strategy of Brownfield and the State Department will be to say that legalization was brought up and rejected by the Latin American leaders," offered Sanho Tree, director of the Drug Policy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies. "They will use dichotomous rhetoric, they will try to maneuver the discussion into either prohibition or heroin in vending machines, but this is about the whole spectrum of regulatory possibilities. That's what we need to be talking about instead of that false dichotomy."

  • April 5, 2012

    ABC (Paraguay)

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    “Si se reprogramara ese dinero para desarrollos alternativos, tratamientos por consumo de drogas, rehabilitación, prevención, se cortarían muchos empleos en la burocracia. Esta es gente poderosa, que va a pelear para que eso no suceda”, advierte Sanho Tree, historiador diplomático y militar, especialista en políticas de drogas, con quien conversamos en su oficina del Institute for Policy Studies, a pocas cuadras de la Casa Blanca, en el centro Washington DC.

  • February 12, 2012

    Drug Truth Network

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    Every time a politician clamors to increase law enforcement what we end doing is the kinds of people we typically capture are the kinds of people who are dumb enough to get caught. No offense to any of your listeners who have ever been busted for anything but the slang on the street is the dealer who uses loses.

  • November 15, 2011

    The National Interest

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    Leading international drug-war expert Sanho Tree, with whom I appeared on a panel a couple of years back at the C.U. Boulder Conference on World Affairs, argues that drug cartels are not in the business of killing people. It’s bad for business. Certainly a drug cartel or a random street gang may fight for control of trafficking corridors, but state-directed drug arrests remove players and thus open valuable real estate over which rival gangs then fight.

  • November 9, 2011

    The Guatemala Times

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    Sanho Tree: Not many people's interests are served by this. It's not good for the cartels that are fighting each other, it's not good for the state, it's not good for the people. It's not even good for the drug warriors because this is not success, this is not something we can be proud of. But what you have is something driven by the economics of drug prohibition, and it all descends from that. The traffickers are doing what's in their self-interest to do—their bottom line is to maximize profits.

  • October 20, 2011

    UPI

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    The economics of drug trafficking is inflating prices and creating need, said Sanho Tree, an expert in drug policy at the Institute for Policy Studies. He said he isn't optimistic about Colombian stability, let alone its ability to offer international narcotics assistance.

    "We will never make these problems disappear by making these crops more valuable," he said, "which is what we've been doing for years."

  • October 20, 2011

    United Press International

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    The economics of drug trafficking is inflating prices and creating need, said Sanho Tree, an expert in drug policy at the Institute for Policy Studies. He said he isn't optimistic about Colombian stability, let alone its ability to offer international narcotics assistance.

    "We will never make these problems disappear by making these crops more valuable," he said, "which is what we've been doing for years."

    Crop eradication, which makes the crops scarce, artificially inflates the price. Coca can grow in many different soils and climates and the lack of government infrastructure in isolated areas means drugs offer a better, faster return to poor farmers.

    Why not substitute legal crops?

    "These are people who don't have vehicles or roads, no refrigeration to transport things like fruit," Tree said.

  • September 4, 2011

    Al Jazeera

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    "These cables reveal what is actually happening [with the war on drugs] apart from the political line," says Sanho Tree, drug policy project coordinator at the Institute for Policy Studies and a former diplomatic historian. "They give you some interesting and hilarious data sets."

  • August 4, 2011

    Toward Freedom

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    “The lessons of Colombia are being ignored in many ways. You’ll have mainstream analysts saying Colombia is the model to win the drug war. If Colombia is winning then what are the Colombians trafficking?” drug war expert Sanho Tree, a fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., told The Indypendent.

    “Basically, our policy is to fracture and to break up the drug organizations, making them smaller, weaker and more manageable,” Tree said. “And it’s folly. Breaking up those big monopolies … created a huge vacuum for smaller operators to fill, and we can’t track smaller operations, much less disrupt them.” 

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