Crystal crescent, Matthew C. DuPée on the spread of the methamphetamine trade in south west Asia
DuPée, Matthew C.
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As the 21st century unfolds, Afghanistan finds itself in a profound socio-economic crisis. It is one in which the illegal drug trade and insurgency plays a very complex and important role. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the global dynamics of the illicit opiates market “are not well understood” – and the same can be said of south west Asia’s transforming narcotics industry. All the attention given to Afghanistan’s poppy problem obscures the rapidly growing distribution, trade and production of other narcotics in the region.