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Afghanistan: Controlling the Drug Trade

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Afghanistan: Controlling the Drug Trade

There are Presidential elections in Afghanistan scheduled for next year. Current President Hamid Karzai says he'd like to run again. The U.S. and Karzai seem increasingly at odds these days, over civilian deaths for sure…but also over the drug trade.

Former Ambassador Thomas Schweich was the U.S. State Department's Coordinator for Counter Narcotics and Justice Reform in Afghanistan . He recently wrote an article for the New York Times Magazine called, “Is Afghanistan a Narco-State?

People may not appreciate potential Afghan government ties to the drug trade in Afghanistan . Thomas gave us an idea of how incorporated the drug trade is into the Afghan government...

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