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dc.contributor.advisorJohnson, Thomas H.
dc.contributor.advisorMalley, Michael S.
dc.contributor.authorMerz, Andrew A.
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-14T17:40:30Z
dc.date.available2012-03-14T17:40:30Z
dc.date.issued2008-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/4108
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis is a comparative study of conflict and opium in the Golden Crescent and Golden Triangle, focusing in particular on Afghanistan-Pakistan and Burma. It takes a state building approach to analyze the formation and composition of opiate-funded "proto-states" in the two regions, with case studies on the Taliban and the United Wa State Party. Historic, political, ethnic and cultural factors are explored in relation to each region and proto-state case. The basic argument is that opium and opiate trade provided capital for the formation of basic state-like entities that conduct all the basic statebuilding activities as defined in the literature. What are often called "insurgent groups" are actually armies of proto-states. What are often called "insurgencies" are actually conflicts between infant states in areas that never contained nation-states. This paradigm suggests an alternate method to study these two areas: a method that emphasizes history and anthropology to understand the basic motivations and attributes of the proto-state actors.en_US
dc.format.extentxiv, 103 p. : maps ;en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined
in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. As such, it is in the
public domain, and under the provisions of Title 17, United States
Code, Section 105, is not copyrighted in the U.S.en_US
dc.subject.lcshAfghanistanen_US
dc.subject.lcshBurmaen_US
dc.subject.lcshInsurgencyen_US
dc.subject.lcshOpiumen_US
dc.subject.lcshDrugsen_US
dc.subject.lcshState-buildingen_US
dc.subject.lcshGolden Triangleen_US
dc.subject.lcshGolden Crescenten_US
dc.subject.lcshProto-stateen_US
dc.subject.lcshStates-within-statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshTalibanen_US
dc.subject.lcshUWSAen_US
dc.subject.lcshUWSPen_US
dc.subject.lcshWaen_US
dc.subject.lcshShan Stateen_US
dc.subject.lcshEthno-nationalismen_US
dc.subject.lcshPashtunen_US
dc.subject.lcshPashtunistanen_US
dc.titleCoercion, cash-crops and culture from insurgency to proto-state in Asia's opium belten_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs
dc.subject.authorAfghanistanen_US
dc.subject.authorBurmaen_US
dc.subject.authorInsurgencyen_US
dc.subject.authorOpiumen_US
dc.subject.authorDrugsen_US
dc.subject.authorState-buildingen_US
dc.subject.authorGolden Triangleen_US
dc.subject.authorGolden Crescenten_US
dc.subject.authorProto-stateen_US
dc.subject.authorStates-within-statesen_US
dc.subject.authorTalibanen_US
dc.subject.authorUWSAen_US
dc.subject.authorUWSPen_US
dc.subject.authorWaen_US
dc.subject.authorShan Stateen_US
dc.subject.authorEthno-nationalismen_US
dc.subject.authorPashtunen_US
dc.subject.authorPashtunistanen_US
dc.description.recognitionOutstanding Thesisen_US
dc.description.serviceUS Marine Corps (USMC) author.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc244572178
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studiesen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
etd.verifiednoen_US


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