October 22, 2007

Opium and Afghanistan: Reassessing U.S. Counternarcotics Strategy

Opium and Afghanistan: Reassessing U.S. Counternarcotics Strategy
Authored by Lieutenant Colonel John A. Glaze.


Cultivation and production of opium in Afghanistan have skyrocketed since the Taliban were toppled in 2001 such 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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1 comment:

captainjohann said...

The Opium trade is controlled by US big cats like George Soros with their old sub contractors from Pakistan, Afghanistan , Saudi arabia and UAE.MMA as a party will vanish the day opium cultivation stops in afghanistan.JUI(F) and JI are fighting on this issue only.Zacanz/Deloran highway(being built by India) from Iran border to kabul via kandahar, mazar /e sheriff is being delayed by the same war lords who control opium. recent 99.9% purity capture of cocaine in Punjab and re-emergence of sikh extremism is also linked to this opium trade. Myanmar opium through thailand military is also controlled by George soros.