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Opium and Afghanistan : reassessing U.S. counternarcotics strategy

Author: John A Glaze; Army War College (U.S.). Strategic Studies Institute.
Publisher: Carlisle, PA : Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2007.
Series: Carlisle papers in security strategy.
Edition/Format:   Print book : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Cultivation and production of opium in Afghanistan has skyrocketed since the Taliban were toppled in 2001such that Afghanistan now supplies 92 percent of the world's illicit opium. The expanding opium trade is threatening to destabilize the Afghan government and turn the conflict-ridden country back into a safe haven for drug traffickers and terrorists. This paper examines the nature of the opium problem in  Read more...
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Glaze, John A.
Opium and Afghanistan.
Carlisle, PA : Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2007
(OCoLC)1019881677
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John A Glaze; Army War College (U.S.). Strategic Studies Institute.
ISBN: 1584873175 9781584873174
OCLC Number: 174246517
Notes: "October 2007."
Description: v, 18 pages : photographs ; 28 cm.
Contents: Background --
Afghanistan's opium economy --
Problems with Afghanistan's opium economy --
Renewed Taliban/insurgency --
Current counternarcotics strategy --
Problems with current counternarcotics strategy --
Recommendations --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Carlisle papers in security strategy.
Other Titles: Reassessing United States counternarcotics strategy
Responsibility: John A. Glaze.

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Cultivation and production of opium in Afghanistan has skyrocketed since the Taliban were toppled in 2001such that Afghanistan now supplies 92 percent of the world's illicit opium. The expanding opium trade is threatening to destabilize the Afghan government and turn the conflict-ridden country back into a safe haven for drug traffickers and terrorists. This paper examines the nature of the opium problem in Afghanistan and analyzes the allied strategy to counter this growing crisis. In analyzing the current counternarcotics strategy, it points out pitfalls including the counterproductive aspects of opium eradication. Finally, changes to the strategy are proposed, which include increasing troop levels and eliminating national restrictions, substantially increasing financial aid, deemphasizing opium eradication, focusing on long-term alternative livelihoods, aggressively pursuing drug kingpins and corrupt government officials, and exploring the possibility of Afghanistan's entry to the licit opium market.

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