The United States and International Drug Control, 1909-1997

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This study provides a picture of US involvement with international drug control, from its inception to the late 1990s. It charts the American quest to internationalize the doctrine of drug prohibition and reveals the origins, motivation and methodologies present within the US overseas fight against the production, manufacture, trafficking and use of certain psychoactive substances. Drawing on extensive historical materials, David R. Bewley-Taylor uses the international career of America's first Drugs Czar, Harry J. Anslinger, to explore how the US successfully exploited hegemonic superiority in 1956 to influence the philosophy of the multilateral drug control sustem operated by the United Nations. A re-interpretation of Anslinger's role within the US bureaucracy also illuminates the dynamics underlying Washington's frequent subordination of international anti-drug measures to security concerns during the Cold War.

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David R. Bewley-Taylor is a lecturer and researcher in American Studies at the University of Wales, Swansea.

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"The UN Single Convention in 1961 and the subsequent drug control treaties are the least understood body of international law of the 20th century. Bewley-Taylor's careful scholarship shows how this incredibly important international legislation came to be, and how it continues to shape drug policy throughout the world. The United States and International Drug Control is a major contribution to the literature on Drug Policy."—Professor Lynn Zimmer, Queens College, CUNY, co-author of Marijuana Myths Marijuana Facts: A Review of the Scientific Evidence

"Every country in the world has drug prohibition, but almost nobody knows this important fact. With a brilliant sociological eye, David R. Bewley-Taylor traces the remarkable story of the creation of global drug prohibition, culminating in the UNs Single Convention of 1961. This is now the indispensable work for understanding how we got into a world-wide war on drugs, and why it has been hard to get out. Bewley-Taylor has it exactly right: building and defending global drug prohibition has been 'The American Crusade'."—Professor Harry G. Levine, Queen's College, CUNY, co-editor of Crack in America: Demon Drugs and Social Justice

"David R. Bewley-Taylor has produced a masterful, scholarly study of world-wide drug prohibition. Everyone who wants to understand the mess that international drug policy has become should read the United States and International Drug Control."—John P. Morgan, Sophie Davis School of Medicine, CUNY, co-author of Marijuana Myths Marijuana Facts: A Review of the Scientific Evidence

"Most citizens of the world assume that drug policy is the rational response to drug problems. The United States and International Drug Control shatters this myth with compelling history, sophisticated analysis, and a large stack of perfectly telling quotes. David R. Bewley-Taylor shows, beyond any doubt, that the United States of America has fashioned the drug policies and drug problems of nations throughout the world to serve its own moral, political and economic interests. This is a serious, thoughtful and impressive work."—Professor Craig Reinarman, University of California, Santa Cruz, author of Cocaine Changes and American States of Mind

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