Sanho Tree is a fellow and director of the Drug Policy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, which works to end the war on drugs and replace it with policies based on public health and safety. The intersection of race and poverty in the drug war has been a central theme of the project's work. In recent years, it has focused on the attendant collateral damage caused by the United States exporting its failed drug war to Colombia, Bolivia, Mexico, and Afghanistan. Specializing in the political framing of controversial issues, Tree has been featured in documentary films, in print, and on broadcast interviews.
Tree's other interests include the culture wars, third-rail politics, and political messaging. His favorite sports include jumping to conclusions and finding innovative ways to cut the Gordian Knot in modern politics. Born in Taiwan, he grew up in Reston, Virginia, and is a graduate of Hampshire College. His secret ambition is to overthrow Anthony Bourdain and take over his TV show--someday. Currently, he serves on the boards of Witness for Peace and the Andean Information Network.
Having started his career in the field of international human rights, Tree worked for six years as 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 has worked as an associate editor of CovertAction Quarterly. He lives in Mordor on the Potomac, aka Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter: @SanhoTree.