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  1. Opium meets Development: Exploring the Opium Question in Contemporary Afghanistan

    • Mariam Morid
    04 February 2016

    In light of the April 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS), a change of the global order on drug policy should be made. Any outcome of UNGASS  will have essential developmental impacts on Afghanistan’s economy and especially on those involved in the agricultural production side of the opium economy that is farmers and farm-workers.


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    Redefining Targets

    • Martin Jelsma, Tom Kramer
    07 December 2009
    Policy briefing

    Afghanistan remains the world’s largest producer of opium and has an under-reported but growing heroin-use problem. Current drug control policies in Afghanistan are unrealistic, reflecting a need for immediate signs of hope rather than a serious analysis of the underlying causes and an effort to achieve long-term solutions.

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    Corruption: a ‘friend’ you can’t do without in Afghanistan

    Martin Jelsma, Tom Kramer
    30 November 2009

    Corruption is a part of life in Afghanistan

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    Corruption in Afghanistan - Blame and shame

    Martin Jelsma, Tom Kramer
    19 November 2009

    If the international community is serious about dealing with corruption in Afghanistan, they need to revise their own dubious practices.

  5. Security in Afghanistan - Business as usual?

    Martin Jelsma, Tom Kramer
    18 November 2009

    The security threat has made the operations of international agencies in Afghanistan more costly, but it is also one of the few booming sectors providing much needed jobs to some and lucrative profits to others. TNI staff report from Afghanistan.

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    Mission to Afghanistan

    07 April 2007 - Event
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    Nederlandse troepen moeten zich ver van drugsbestrijding houden, waarschuwt een nieuw rapport

    05 December 2006

    Internationale druk om de gelijktijdige toename van de opium productie en het geweld in het zuiden van Afghanistan met harde maatregelen te bestrijden kan leiden tot een verdere desta-bilisering van Afghanistan en een toename van het conflict, waarschuwt een nieuw rapport van het Transnational Institute (TNI).

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    Drugs and Afghanistan: Related websites and documents

    Drugs and Democracy
    19 January 2006

    Useful web resources on Drugs and Afghanistan

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    Afghanistan: Drugs overview

    17 November 2005

    Afghanistan is the world's largest producer of opium, the raw material for heroin. In 2000, the Taleban regime enforced an opium ban that led to the virtual disappearance of opium poppy cultivation in areas under their control. In drug control terms, this is often referred to as an unprecedented success, yet the ban caused a major humanitarian disaster for hundreds of thousands dependent on the illicit economy.

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    Plan Afghanistan

    03 February 2005
    Policy briefing

    In November 2004 an unknown mystery plane sprayed opium poppy fields in eastern Afghanistan. Although the US denied any involvement, the US State Department is pressing for aggressive aerial eradiction campaigns to counter the booming opium economy. Due to policy controversies the State Department had to back off. At least for the time being.