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dc.contributor.advisorGiraldo, Jeanne
dc.contributor.advisorJohnson, Thomas H.
dc.contributor.authorByrom, Christopher L.
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-14T17:33:48Z
dc.date.available2012-03-14T17:33:48Z
dc.date.issued2005-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/1998
dc.description.abstractThis thesis applies lessons drawn from a historical-cultural analysis of rural power structures in Afghanistan to understand the nature of the threat posed by that country's opiate economy and to assess the counter-narcotics policies of the United Kingdom, the Government(s) of Afghanistan, and the United States. It argues that that the opiate economy should be considered an Afghan-specific problem involving narcotics, not a "drug war" problem involving Afghanistan. Specific lessons are taken from a chapter dedicated to Afghan culture, history, and rural power structures, and applied in chapters analyzing the opiate economy and current counter-narcotics policies. Several insights that are critical to sound policy, and that are not found in existing literature, are developed. Overall, the current policy emphasis on aggressive eradication of opium poppy is incongruent with local cultural and political realities and undermines central government stability. Counter-narcotics policy makers should adopt a roll-back strategy, eliminating cultivation from minor-cultivation provinces first for democraticgovernance, cultural, and counter-narcotics reasons. Counter-trafficking should be prioritized over eradication efforts and should particularly target anti-government forces, many of which are legacy groups of the anti-Soviet jihad and are not accountable to or culturally integral to rural society.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/dismantlingafgho109451998
dc.format.extentxvi, 179 p. : ill. ;en_US
dc.publisherMonterey California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsApproved for public release, distribution unlimiteden_US
dc.subject.lcshAfghanistanen_US
dc.subject.lcshCounter-narcoticsen_US
dc.subject.lcshCultureen_US
dc.subject.lcshDrugsen_US
dc.subject.lcshEradicationen_US
dc.subject.lcshHeroinen_US
dc.subject.lcshKarzaien_US
dc.subject.lcshNarcoticsen_US
dc.subject.lcshOpiumen_US
dc.subject.lcshOpium Economyen_US
dc.subject.lcshPashtunwalien_US
dc.subject.lcshQawmen_US
dc.subject.lcshStabilizationen_US
dc.subject.lcshTraffickingen_US
dc.titleDismantling the Afghan Opiate economy a cultural and historical policy assessment, with policy recommendationsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.).
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of National Security Affairs
dc.subject.authorAfghanistanen_US
dc.subject.authorCounter-narcoticsen_US
dc.subject.authorCultureen_US
dc.subject.authorDrugsen_US
dc.subject.authorEradicationen_US
dc.subject.authorHeroinen_US
dc.subject.authorKarzaien_US
dc.subject.authorNarcoticsen_US
dc.subject.authorOpiumen_US
dc.subject.authorOpium Economyen_US
dc.subject.authorPashtunwalien_US
dc.subject.authorQawmen_US
dc.subject.authorStabilizationen_US
dc.subject.authorTraffickingen_US
dc.identifier.oclc62165790
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.A.en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineNational Security Affairsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
etd.verifiednoen_US


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