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 domestic and international war on drugs and replace it with policies that promote public health and safety as well as economic alternatives to the prohibition drug economy. The intersection of race and poverty in the drug war is at the heart of the projectís work. In recent years the project has focused on the attendant collateral damage caused by the U.S. exporting its drug war to Colombia, Bolivia, and Afghanistan. Tree also studies the intersection of the war on drugs and the war on terror.
Tree has been featured in documentaries such as Coca Mama, Plan Colombia: Cashing in on a Drug War Failure, Held Hostage in Colombia, and the ABC documentary by John Stossel, War on Drugs, War on Ourselves. He has also appeared on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. Currently, he serves on the boards of Witness for Peace and the Andean Information Network.
Tree is also 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. From 1996-97, 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 he worked at the International Human Rights Law Group.