EYES WIDE SHUT: Counter-Narcotics in Transition

EYES WIDE SHUT: Counter-Narcotics in Transition



Authors David Mansfield, Paul Fishstein
Type Briefing Paper
Theme Natural Resource Management
Language English
Date of Publication September 24, 2013
Total Pages 28
Available In English
It is now clear that the production and trade of opiates will have a significant influence on not only the economic, political and security landscape, but even the physical terrain of post-Transition Afghanistan. Levels of opium poppy cultivation are already rising; estimated cultivated area rose by 18 percent in 2012 and is likely to rise significantly over the next few years. And this trend may intensify further as politico-military actors make deals and form coalitions in response to the 2014 handover of security responsibility from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).


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