Focus on the International Drug Policy Debate

  • Monday, Mar 31, 2014
  • Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, will lead off with remarks on U.S. and international drug policies, drawing from his participation in the recent meeting of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), held on March 13-14 in Vienna, Austria. As the premier drug control policy making body within the UN system, the CND addressed countering illicit drugs and the power of criminal cartels, strengthening public health approaches, and recent legal changes and the challenges of judicial coordination. The CND is also one of several bodies contributing to debates in the lead-up to the 2016 UN Special Session on Drugs. 

    Followed by a a roundtable conversation featuring: 

    Kevin Sabet, former Senior Advisor to Director Kerlikowske at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and currently Director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida,

    Michel Kazatchkine, member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy; former Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; and currently the UNSG’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

    Ruth Dreifuss, member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy and former Minister of Health and President of the Swiss Confederation.

    J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President; and Director of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, (moderator)


    The event will take place in Conference Room A on the second floor of CSIS from 10:00am-11:30am (EST).

    The event will be webcast live at:


Center for Strategic and International Studies
Conference Room A
1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

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