War on Drugs and War on Terror: Case of Afghanistan

War on Drugs and War on Terror: Case of Afghanistan

Source: The Peace and Conflict Review, 2009

Author(s): Daniela Corti and Ashok Swain

Countries: Afghanistan

Topics: Livelihoods, Renewable Resources

Added: 20/04/2017

 

The drug trade is a very important component of Afghanistan’s economy. In the post 9/11 period, the United States has put a high priority to its war against drugs policy in Afghanistan after linking the drug trade to the financing of the Islamic terrorist groups.The basic strategy of US war on drugs policy in Afghanistan is forcible eradication of opium (poppy) cultivation, which has somewhat failed in controlling the production of illicit drug, rather it has brought further miseries to a large number of poor “poppy” farmers and their families. This article argues for a review of the present US policy of war on drugs in Afghanistan, and calls for working towards providing other sources of livelihood to the Afghan population.

 

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