Ford Policy Union: International drug treaties

Date & time

Oct 9, 2013, 4:00-6:00 pm EDT


Weill Hall

Free and open to the public. Join in on the conversation! Use the hashtag #FordPolicyUnion in your social media posts. About the event: A debate on international drug policy with leading experts Jeffrey Miron, senior lecturer and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University, and Kevin Sabet, director of the Drug Policy Institute and assistant professor at the University of Florida. About the participants: Kevin Sabet served in the Obama Administration as the Senior Advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Now he is the director for the Institute on Drug Policy at the University of Florida and is a consultant working with governments, NGOs, the media and other organizations on a wide range of drug policy issues. He previously worked on research, policy and speech writing at ONDCP in 2000 and from 2003-2004 in the Clinton and Bush Administrations, respectively. He remains the only staff member at ONDCP to hold a political appointment in both the Bush and Obama administrations. Dr. Sabet is a staff columnist at and a regular contributor to opinion-editorial pages worldwide, including The Washington Post, Huffington Post, New York Times, Vancouver Sun, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, CNN and CNBC. His first editorial since leaving ONDCP, published in the Los Angeles Times in September of 2011, earned him a "Five Best Columns" distinction by The Atlantic. As a Marshall Scholar, he received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Social Policy at Oxford University and B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Jeffrey A. Miron is senior lecturer and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. Miron has previously served on the faculties of the University of Michigan and Boston University; at the latter, he was Department chairman for six years. He has been the recipient of an Olin Fellowship from the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Earhart Foundation Fellowship, and a Sloan Foundation Faculty Research Fellowship. Miron holds a B.A. in economics, magna cum laude, from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in economics from M.I.T. Miron has published more than 25 articles in refereed journals and 50 op-eds in the Boston Herald, Boston Business Journal, Boston Globe,,,, and other outlets. Miron's commentary on economic policy has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, and Fox television, BBC radio, and in dozens of other television, radio, and print media around the world. Miron's area of expertise is the economics of libertarianism. He has written extensively on the economic case against drug prohibition, and he has been a vocal critic of the Treasury bailout and the Obama administration's fiscal stimulus.