Euan Raffle

Euan Raffle



I completed a BA in History at the University of York in 2014, before making the perilous journey from North to West Yorkshire in order to undertake an MA in International Relations here at Leeds. 

Prior to starting my undergraduate degree, I volunteered in Thailand for a year as an English teacher. Whilst living there I witnessed the vibrancy and intrigue of the 2011 Thai General Election, which kindled my interest in Southeast Asian politics. During my time at York, I worked for the Amnesty International Student Action Network as a regional coordinator and chair of the University group.


I was awarded the fee scholarship for my MA and currently receive the Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship for my PhD studies.

Research interests

My PhD research is concerned with how the apparently moribund ‘war on drugs’ has found a new lease of life within Southeast Asia over the past fifteen years. The project itself attempts to account for how and why elites in certain Southeast Asian countries have sustained the language of the ‘war on drugs’ to legitimize extrajudicial violence, despite international consensus moving away from such approaches after the UN general Assembly Special Session on Drugs held in 2016. Utilising the Aberystwyth School of security as a theoretical starting point, the thesis attempts to show how drug policy reform can be read as a form of emancipatory politics, which challenges the violent and often exclusionary discourses of the ‘war on drugs’. Simultaneously, the state of drug policy reform in Southeast Asia is used to nuance readings of emancipation within critical security studies. 


Gallagher, A, Raffle, E and Maulana, Z. 2019. Failing to fulfil the responsibility to protect: the war on drugs as crimes against humanity in the Philippines. The Pacific Review: pp.1-31