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02.12.2014: West Africa and the Drugs Trade, Berlin

02.12.2014: West Africa and the Drugs Trade, Berlin


The Initiative Southern Africa (INISA) and the Society for International Development (SID-Berlin) cordially
invite you in cooperation with the Afrikahaus:

West Africa and the Drugs Trade: Health Crisis, Narco-States or Moral Panic?
Tuesday, 02 December 2014, 18:00 – 19:30
Afrika-Haus Berlin, Bochumer Str. 25, 10555 Berlin (U-Bahn: Turmstr.)
Dr. Gernot Klantschnig (University of York, Co-Editor of Drugs in Africa: Histories and Ethnographies of Use, Trade and Control, Palgrave 2014)  
Dr. Judith Vorrath (German Institute for International and Security Affairs, SWP)
Chair: Frank Gries (Initiative Southern Africa, INISA e.V.)
West Africa has recently emerged as a focus of the global ‘war on drugs’: international and local drug agencies warn of a growing role for countries such as Nigeria or Guinea Bissau as transit points for cocaine and heroin, while also lamenting the prevalence of cannabis commerce and use within the continent, especially among youth. Drugs are increasingly tied to broader economic, health and political concerns including unemployment, criminality, HIV infection and the formation of so-called narco-states.
Notwithstanding this growing alarm, there is relatively little research addressing the issue of drugs and drug trafficking in West Africa. Scholarship on illegal substances has largely ignored the African continent and almost no research exists on the spread and impact of drugs on African societies. Similarly, government research in those fields has often focused on ‘rapid assessment exercises’ rather than long-term research and it has rarely had the chance to explore the deeper historical contexts in which drug use and trade takes place.
Hence, the Afrikakreis invites you to discuss what role West Africa plays in the global trade in illegal drugs, as well as the local implications of drugs and drug policy.
The discussion will be in English. No registration necessary.
We are looking forward to an interesting debate!
 Best regards
Rene Gradwohl
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