Myanmar Now the World’s Leading Producer of Opium, UN Says
By Sebastian Strangio
Nearly three years after the military's seizure of power, opium production has become more widespread and productive.
The Taliban’s Unsustainable War on Drugs
By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
Afghanistan's opiate economy is unlikely to be disrupted by a one-off campaign of crop destruction in a handful of provinces.
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?
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.
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.
Afghanistan in 2017: Achievements and Challenges
By M. Ashraf Haidari
Afghanistan remains a work in progress.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is Poppy Production Really Down in Afghanistan?
By Catherine Putz
Maybe, maybe not.
Rising to the Afghanistan Challenge
By Timur Urazayev
The international community should not lose focus on assisting Afghans in rebuilding their country.