Past eventResearch Event

The International Relations of the Narcotics Trade through Afghanistan and Central Asia

7 March 2012 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm

Chatham House, London


HE Mr Zarar Moqbel Osmani, Minister of Counter-narcotics, Afghanistan
Alisher Latypov, Eurasian Harm Reduction Network
David Lewis, University of Bradford
David Mansfield CARR Center, Harvard University
Aleksandr Zelichenko Central Asia Drug Action Programme 



Afghanistan produces 90% of the world’s opium, 25% of which crosses Central Asia on its way to Russia, Eastern Europe and the West. Since the overthrow of the Taliban, opium production has increased significantly and its consumption in Afghanistan and neighbouring countries has also grown. This poses crime and healthcare-related challenges for governments often ill-prepared or unwilling to take action.

This seminar will analyse the politics of drugs at their source and in transit. It will also discuss the effects of the drug trade on the wider region and aim to provide recommendations for the international community.

This event will be held under the Chatham House Rule. Attendance is by invitation only.