Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan 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 and his colleagues have participated in most of the major drug policy reform ballot initiatives in the United States on issues ranging from medical marijuana to asset forfeiture reform. They also have led and assisted successful campaigns to reform laws on drug sentencing, access to sterile syringes to reduce HIV and AIDS, access to drug treatment, prevention of overdose fatalities, and marijuana policy. Nadelmann has been a key drug policy advisor to elected officials, policymakers, and activists in the United States and beyond.

His writings include two books, Cops Across Borders and Policing The Globe (with Peter Andreas), and articles in major U.S. media outlets and publications such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Organization, the Nation, National Review, Public Interest, Science, and the Washington Quarterly.

Nadelmann received his BA, JD, and PhD in political science from Harvard University and an MA in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and taught at Princeton for seven years.