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Counternarcotics Policy

An Afghan man works on a poppy field in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan (REUTERS/Parwiz).


High and low politics in Afghanistan: The terrorism-drugs nexus and what can be done about it

April 29, 2016, Vanda Felbab-Brown

Vanda Felbab-Brown discusses and evaluates in detail the various counternarcotics policies adopted in Afganistan since 2001, maintaining that there is no silver bullet to the multiple challenges and threats that drug production in Afghanistan causes and that premature suppression policies, such as extensive eradication, would be counterproductive. She also argues that a seemingly successful poppy cultivation in Afghanistan could produce more dangerous outcomes yet, such as a shift of extensive illegal poppy cultivation into Pakistan.

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