Drugs & (dis)order

Drugs & (dis)order

A collaborative international research project exploring drugs and conflict in Myanmar, Colombia and Afghanistan

PositiveNegatives collaborated on 4-year interdisciplinary research consortium led by SOAS, University of London on drugs and conflict. The GCRF-funded project, ‘Drugs & (dis)order: Building sustainable peacetime economies in the aftermath of war’, is a collaboration between researchers, universities, and organisations across three of the world’s largest drug-producing countries – Afghanistan, Colombia, and Myanmar- as well as key partner organisations in the UK. We’ve collaborated with over a dozen artists and collectives from around the world, including artists from the borderlands of Colombia and Myanmar and those in the Afghan diaspora. 

Highlights & Stories

  • Watch ‘Entangled Lives‘, an animated life history of a man from Afghanistan’s Nimroz province, where the illicit drug economy is part of the fabric of society.
  • Jangul’s Story, our co-produced comic on conflict and drug trafficking in Afghanistan was featured in The Conversation and Vice.
  • Watch ‘Colombia’s Broken Peace‘, a short animated film on coca production and conflict in Colombia. 
  • Jessica, our research-based comic on illicit drug production in Colombia, was featured in Latin America Bureau.
  • Check out our collaborations with local artists in Shan State and Kachin State Myanmar, whose comics shed light on the impact of drug consumption in Myanmar’s borderland regions. 


Find about more about this project here

Featured illustrations by Kruttika Susarla & Inty Grillos.

Funded by: The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), UKRI.

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