Is the War on Drugs Over? A Panel Discussion

New York, NY

NYU School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall
40 Washington Square Park South, Room 216

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Michael Botticelli is Acting Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, also known as the office of the drug czar. He previously served as Director of the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services for the State of Massachusetts.

Kathleen Frydl is an award-wrinning historian of U.S. politics. Her most recent book, Drug Wars in America, 1940-1973, was hailed by SUNY Professor Paul Gootenberg as "the most compelling scholarly book to date written on ... America's post-war transition to punitive domestic drug policy."

César Gaviria served as President of Colombia from 1990 to 1994 and Secretary General of the Organization of American States from 1994 to 2004. He is a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, which has advocated a shift towards decriminalization, harm reduction, and demand-side anti-drug programs.

Hamilton Morris is a research chemist and an expert on synthetic and psychedelic drugs. He contributes to Harper's and is science editor at Vice, where he hosts "Hamilton's Pharmacopeia," a video series.


Mattathias Schwartz writes on national security and state power for The New Yorker, The London Review of Books, and other publications. "A Mission Gone Wrong," his most recent New Yorker story, gives a history of the drug war as waged abroad.