Sanho Tree is a fellow and director of the Drug Policy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. The project works to end the war on drugs and replace it with policies that promote public health and safety as well as economic alternatives to the drug economy. The intersection of race and poverty in the drug war is at the heart of the project's work. In recent years, the project has focused on the attendant collateral damage caused by the United States exporting its failed drug war to Colombia, Bolivia, and Afghanistan. Tree also studies the intersection of the war on drugs and the war on terror.
His other interests include the culture war, third rail politics, and propaganda. Tree was born in Taiwan, but grew up on the mean streets of Reston, Virginia. He is a graduate of Hampshire College, and his secret ambition is to overthrow Anthony Bourdain and take over his TV show. Currently, he serves on the boards of Witness for Peace and the Andean Information Network.
Tree is a former military and diplomatic historian, and he has collaborated in the past with Gar Alperovitz on the book The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb and the Architecture of an American Myth (1995). From 1996 to 1997, he assisted entertainer Harry Belafonte and continues to work as an occasional consultant for him on international issues. He was also associate editor of CovertAction Quarterly, an award-winning magazine of investigative journalism. In the late 1980s, Tree worked at the International Human Rights Law Group. He lives in Washington, D.C.