Opium in Afghanistan
Assistant Professor Gavrilis outlines counternarcotics strategy
Posted: February 11, 2010
George Gavrilis this week analyzed Afghanistan’s opium economy for the Council on Foreign Relations, emphasizing the need to crack down on provinces focused on refining, stockpiling, and transporting opium. Gavrilis argues that while progress has been made in decreasing opium cultivation, internal smuggling routes, processing havens, and protection rackets keep Afghanistan’s drug industry intact and threaten to undermine international anticorruption efforts.