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Cannabis cultivation in the world: heritages, trends and challenges

Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy / 2019 / Echogéo.

Despite cannabis being the most common illegal drug crop in the world and its worldwide presence, very little is known about its production, trade, and consumption at the global scale. This is due mostly to over a century of global prohibition and the dangers associated to researching illegal drug crop production. Worse, the limited data available about cannabis cultivation is most often inaccurate, unreliable, and highly controversial. While this has always been problematic, in terms of sheer knowledge and informed policy-making, it has now become even more acute of an issue as global trends towards decriminalisation and legalisation are already provoking negative unintended consequences in poor producing countries. This article is an effort to present the state of the current knowledge and the present and future stakes of the fast-changing cannabis industry and legislation.

La guerre contre la drogue : bilan d’un échec

Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy / 2015 / La Vie des idées.

Lancée il y a plus d’un siècle, la guerre contre la drogue s’est soldée par un échec retentissant, multipliant les trafics, renforçant la production et la consommation tout en réprimant les paysans producteurs et les consommateurs. Il est temps de donner les moyens à un développement alternatif cohérent.

La frontière, interface des trafics dans le Triangle d’or

Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy / 2014 / L'espace politique.

Production et trafic de drogues se développent depuis plusieurs décennies dans l’espace dit du Triangle d’or, au cœur des hautes terres de l’éventail nord-indochinois : de la contrebande d’opium au trafic d’héroïne et de méthamphétamine. La région, espace altitudinal, périphérique et marginal, polyethnique et interétatique de production illégale d’opium et de méthamphétamine, apparaît aussi complexe que les trafics qui y ont cours. Routes, frontières et autres discontinuités spatiales fournissent la trame du trafic de drogue et, dans une certaine mesure, des conflits et de la lutte antidrogue qui rendent les activités illégales possibles et rentables.

Drug trafficking in and out of the Golden Triangle

Pierre--Arnaud Chouvy / 2013 /
An Atlas of Trafficking in Southeast Asia.

The Golden Triangle is the name given to the area of mainland Southeast Asia where most of the world’s illicit opium has originated since the early 1950s and until 1990, before Afghanistan’s opium production surpassed that of Burma. Although Burmese opium production has also considerably decreased after 1998, it has nevertheless proven to be geographically and historically resilient. This article explains in detail the emergence and the evolution of the drug traffikcing routes in and out of the Golden Triangle, as well as the anti-trafficking policies and actions undertaken by the regional states.

Introduction: Illegal Trades across National Borders

Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy / 2013 /
An Atlas of Trafficking in Southeast Asia.

This book addresses the great diversity and complexity of illegal trading across mainland Southeast Asia, focusing on five of its most pervasive phenomenon: drug trafficking, human trafficking, arms trafficking, wildlife and timber trafficking, and the trade in counterfeit goods and contraband...

An Atlas of Trafficking in Southeast Asia

Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy (ed) / 2013 / I.B. Tauris.

Mainland Southeast Asia is one of the world’s key regions for the smuggling and trafficking of illegal goods. Armed conflict in the region has spurred an international trade in small arms, and organized nuclear smuggling rings are now believed to operate as well. "An Atlas of Trafficking in Southeast Asia" brings together a team of key researchers and cartographic specialists to provide a unique overview of the major forms of illegal trafficking in the region.