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?
October 06, 2020
Pakistan’s Drug Habit Is Endangering the Region
By Habiba Ashna Marhoon
In the past, Pakistan’s clandestine services have used profits from drug trafficking to fund proxy groups in South Asia.
September 14, 2017
War, Drugs, and Peace: Afghanistan and Myanmar
By Austin Bodetti
The illegal drug trade is sabotaging peace in Afghanistan and Myanmar alike.
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.
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.
January 07, 2016
The Pakistan-Afghan Nexus: The Culture of Drugs Among Pakistan’s Youth
By Mahboob Mohsin
A growing culture of drug trafficking and use needs strong action.
October 22, 2014
Afghanistan Poppy Cultivation at All-Time High
By Ankit Panda
As U.S. and NATO troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, poppy cultivation reaches an all-time high.
March 24, 2014
Pakistan: The Most Heroin-Addicted Country in the World
By J.T. Quigley
The rising prevalence of injecting drug users could create an HIV/AIDS crisis.