John Collins

John Collins

John Collins is a PhD candidate in the Department of International History at the London School of Economics. He researches the history of post-war drug control and its foreign policy implications. Specifically, his work seeks to locate the issue of drug control both within the context of evolving Anglo-American relations, and the Cold War more broadly.

John’s interests extend to contemporary drug policy issues, particularly efforts to shift national and international policies away from a prohibitionist paradigm towards one based on science, public health and human rights. Prior to returning to London for his PhD, John spent a year in New York and Washington D.C. working with the Drug Policy Alliance on issues related to U.S. domestic drug policy reform.

He is originally from Dublin, Ireland, where he obtained his BA in economics and political science from Trinity College Dublin. He then went on to earn his MSc in the history of empires from the LSE in 2009.
 

Post Archive

27 December 2011
A questionable effort was made today by Brad Freden to engage in the current post-Iraq hyper-dialogue surrounding the future role of COIN, in the context of the Mexican drug…
18 November 2011
Until the Great Depression there was a relatively minor sense of ownership of the business cycle at the American Federal level. National debates often centred on long term…
25 October 2011
The global economy appears stuck in the doldrums. The West, in particular Europe, seems unable to break out of the sovereign debt phase of the financial crisis that erupted in…
11 October 2011
There is a tendency within the civil society groups and academic writings that look at international drug control to focus heavily on the UN Single Convention of 1961. In many…
19 August 2011
It seems odd how often politicians and the public, during times of crises, confuse short term and long term exigencies (or imagined ones for that matter). I recently …
12 August 2011
London is calm now. The riots were defused faster than anyone in the city could have imagined on Tuesday, and although normalcy does not yet reign, it seems en route. Far from a…
28 July 2011
The slash and burn Republican fiscal ideology is perhaps best summed up by Grover Norquist's famous expression that he'd like to make government small enough that he can…
21 July 2011
I’ve been attending a Drugs and Human Rights summer school in CEU Budapest this past two weeks and discussions with one of my Zimbabwean colleagues has led me to thinking…
01 July 2011
One thing that can be noted about American drug policy is its tendency to travel in circles. Its history is one of recurring shifts between terror and relative circumspection. We…
24 June 2011
Stephen Metcalf’s Slate Article attacking Libertarianism sadly seems to say more about the state of the American ideological Left than it does say anything about the…
04 June 2011
“The War on drugs has been an utter failure, and I think that we need to rethink and decriminalise our Marijuana laws...” So said then State Senator Barack Obama in…
28 May 2011
Last week I offered a critique of trends in global immigration policies in which I alluded to the ludicrous immigration cap being pushed by the Tory part of the British coalition…
19 May 2011
The onset of the Great recession sprouted fears that economic collapse would be accompanied by a new round of trade protectionism; the kind that had permeated the 1930s and…