2016 Symposium

Friday, October 28th
Robert A. Jones House Conference Room

The Global Illicit Drug Trade: Confronting Challenges and Exploring Solutions

12:15     Opening Remarks
William Pyle, Director, Program in International Politics and Economics (IP&E)

12:30     Peter Reuter, University of Maryland
“The International Drug Policy Reform Agenda: Why It Misses the Major Problems and Opportunities”
Student moderator: Yuchen Zhu (’18), IP&E major

1:45       Beau Kilmer, RAND
“Marijuana Legalization 2016: Assessing the International Policy Landscape and Implementation Issues”
Student moderator: Kristina Frye (’17), IP&E major

3:00       Alejandro Madrazo Lajous, CIDE (Mexico)
“The Constitutional Costs of the War on Drugs”
Student moderator: Cara Vazquez (’17), IP&E major

4:15       Rebecca Tiger, Middlebury
“(Re) Imagining Drugs and Addiction: The Past, Present and Possible Future of Drug Policy”
Student moderator: Harrison Cramer (’17), Political Science major



Peter Reuter is Professor in the School of Public Policy and in the Department of Criminology at the University of Maryland. He also serves as Director of the Program on the Economics of Crime and Justice Policy at the University.  He is the co-author of Drug War Heresies (Cambridge University Press, 2001), The World Heroin Market (Oxford University Press, 2009), and Cannabis Policy (Oxford University Press, 2010). He has served as a consultant to numerous government agencies and to foreign organizations including the European Monitoring Center on Drugs and Drug Abuse and the United Nations Drug Control Program.  He received a PhD in Economics from Yale.

Beau Kilmer is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, where he codirects the RAND Drug Policy Research Center. His research lies at the intersection of public health and public safety, with a special emphasis on crime control, substance use and illicit markets. His research appears in leading professional journals and his commentaries are published widely in the popular press. Oxford University Press just published a second edition of his co-authored book, Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard.

Alejandro Madrazo Lajous is a senior researcher in the Drug Policy Program at CIDE, an internationally recognized center of higher education and research located in Mexico City. He holds law degrees from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, and he has MA and PhD degrees from Yale Law School.  He teaches at CIDE and has published widely in both Mexican and international journals on topics such as the pedagogy of law, civil liberties, and the regulation of drugs.

Rebecca Tiger is Associate Professor of Sociology at Middlebury College. Her research and teaching interests span drugs, deviance, punishment, social control, youth and celebrity. Her book Judging Addicts (NYU Press, 2012) examined drug courts, an institutional site where the medicalization of addiction and the criminalization of drug users merge. She has written about the representation of drugs and addiction in elite and popular media and is finishing a project about the current opiate panic. She is also working on a project looking at plea bargaining and prosecutorial power in the United States and Germany. She holds a PhD from the City University of New York.



  • Academic Affairs
  • Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity
  • Departments of Political Science and Sociology and Anthropology
  • Global Health Minor
  • Jones Economics Enrichment Fund
  • Pre-Law fund, Programs of European Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • International Politics & Economics
  • Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs