Sanho Tree is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and director of its Drug Policy Project. This project works to end the drug war paradigm and replace it with policies that promote public health and safety, including a focus on tax-and-regulate models of cannabis control and new mechanisms to bypass the political paralysis that prevents drug policy debate. Establishing humane and sustainable alternatives to the drug war fits into the project's mandate as one of the major social justice issues at home and abroad.
Tree's other interests include the culture wars, third-rail politics, and political messaging. He has been featured in more than a dozen documentary films and has appeared in hundreds of print and broadcast interviews. He began his career working in the field of international human rights, then became a military and diplomatic historian and collaborated with Gar Alperovitz on the book The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb and the Architecture of an American Myth. He has also assisted entertainer Harry Belafonte and worked as an associate editor of CovertAction Quarterly.
His favorite sports include jumping to conclusions and finding different ways to cut the Gordian Knot in politics. Tree was born in Taiwan, grew up in Reston, Virginia, and now lives in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Hampshire College, and his secret ambition is to overthrow Ryan Van Duzer and take over his TV show. Currently, he serves on the boards of Witness for Peace and the Andean Information Network.