Saturday: Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance to Speak at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco

Nadelmann to participate in panel discussion: “Rethinking the War on Drugs”

SAN FRANCISCO—(ENEWSPF)—March 13, 2014. Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, will speak at the World Affairs Council’s WorldAffairs 2014 conference in San Francisco on Saturday, March 15 at 10:30 a.m.

WorldAffairs 2014 offers fresh insights and new perspectives on current global topics. The conference will be held at the St. Regis in San Francisco on Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15.

Nadelmann will take part in a discussion entitled, “Rethinking the War on Drugs.” Nadelmann will be joined by Beau Kilmer, co-director, RAND Drug Policy Research Center and Robert MacCoun, professor of public policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy. Issues addressed in the discussion will include:

What do President Obama’s new drug policy initiatives mean for the U.S?

What does it mean to reclassify drug use as a public health issue?

What lessons can be learned from Europe?

Can the United States effectively reduce the harmful effects of drugs at home and abroad while also reducing the enormous fiscal burden of the War on Drugs?

Described by Rolling Stone as “the point man” for drug policy reform efforts, Ethan Nadelmann is widely regarded as the outstanding proponent of drug policy reform both in the United States and abroad. Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the war on drugs. Nadelmann received his B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard as well as a Masters’ degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and taught at Princeton University for seven years. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Science, and National Review, and he has appeared on programs including Real Time with Bill Maher, the Colbert Report, ABC’s Nightline, a Ted Koppel Special Report, NBC’s Today Show, NBC Nightly News, CBS’s 48 Hours, CBS Morning News, and Larry King Live.


WHO/WHAT:    Ethan Nadelmann, Beau Kilmer, and Robert MacCoun: Rethinking the War on Drugs

WHERE:            The St. Regis, 125 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA

WHEN:               10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 15, 2014

About the World Affairs Council:

Through a variety of initiatives, the World Affairs Council strives to achieve its mission of exploring issues and opportunities that transcend borders. We strive to promote open, balanced discourse across sectors to better inform on timely matters of global importance. 

Related Material:

Rolling Stone, Ethan Nadelmann: The Real Drug Czar, The most influential man in the battle for legalization is a wonky intellectual in dad jeans, by Tim Dickinson, June 6, 2013,

The, How Far Can Ethan Nadelmann Push America’s Drug Laws?

The leader of the Drug Policy Alliance speaks with The Fix about legalizing marijuana, harm reduction and the 12 Steps, psychedelic revelations and decriminalizing all drug possession. By: Will Godfrey , June 30, 2013,