April 12, 2022
Is the Taliban’s Halt of Poppy Production Too Good To Be True?
By James Durso
The U.S. spent over $8 billion in a failed effort to stop the Afghan drug trade. Will the Taliban’s DIY effort carry the day?
September 25, 2019
On the Edge at the Roof of Eurasia: Counternarcotics’ Tajikistan Problem
By Ian Wallace
Militarized counternarcotics assistance to Tajikistan is akin to throwing money into a blazing fire.
December 28, 2017
Russia's Anti-Drug Crusade in Afghanistan
By Samuel Ramani
Russia, believing U.S. efforts are failing, is stepping up its war on drug trafficking.
December 28, 2017
Afghanistan in 2017: Achievements and Challenges
By M. Ashraf Haidari
Afghanistan remains a work in progress.
July 19, 2017
Afghanistan’s Opium Trade: A Free Market of Racketeers
By Franz J. Marty
A visit to Afghan opium fields challenges the notion that the Taliban controls the lucrative trade.
January 05, 2017
Legalizing Opium Won't Work for Afghanistan
By Adam Wunische
Opium fuels the insurgency in Afghanistan and its eradication is a top priority. But legalization isn't the answer.
November 24, 2016
Trump Can't End the War in Afghanistan Without Iran
By Adam Weinstein
If the next U.S. president wants stability in Afghanistan, he will have to come to terms with Iran.
March 24, 2016
Poppy Production: The Taliban's Cash Cow
By Kriti Shah
Kabul can win battles, but it will never win the war unless it disrupts the Taliban's major funding source: poppies.
March 04, 2016
Is Poppy Production Really Down in Afghanistan?
By Catherine Putz
Maybe, maybe not.
September 04, 2015
Rising to the Afghanistan Challenge
By Timur Urazayev
The international community should not lose focus on assisting Afghans in rebuilding their country.
May 10, 2015
Tajikistan: An Opportunity for Great Power Cooperation
By Edward Cavanough
The plight of Central Asia’s poorest nation offers a rare opportunity for collaboration among regional powers.
February 12, 2015
The Narco-State of Afghanistan
By Najibullah Gulabzoi
Deconstructing the nexus between drug trafficking and national security.