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