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Taliban-packaged narcotics, laying in bags on the ground, seized by Afghan Special Security Forces.

Border security and demand reduction alleviate Afghan heroin

Taking on Narcotrafficking

April 2014, Number 05.02

“It’s been called the doomsday scenario for Afghan heroin: As Afghan military and police forces assume greater responsibility for their own national security, opium production will skyrocket with dire consequences for security in the region and the world.

But evidence is accumulating that a sustained explosion probably won’t occur, if only because the youthful populations that have driven demand for Afghan drugs are exhausting their capacity to consume ever increasing amounts of opium and its derivative heroin.

“Some may contend that sustainable counternarcotics efforts in Afghanistan are doomed,” said a joint 2013 United States-Russia study called “Afghan Narcotrafficking: A Joint Threat Assessment.” “This report, however, takes issue with a simplistic hands-off view that Afghanistan is quickly becoming … an intractable problem.”

The doomsday scenario is just one of several misconceptions experts have identified in outlining a strategy for suppressing narcotrafficking that, in its Afghan incarnation, blights the health of millions, nourishes corruption and finances terrorism. Reflecting on more than a decade of multinational peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan, experts are challenging other planks in the anti-opium campaign...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Taking on Narcotrafficking,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 5, No. 2, 2014: 56-59.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.