Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Mit Drogenbaronen gegen die Taliban

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RBB-Inforadio, 30 July 2013
Within its two-day series titled ‘The Global Drugs Trade: From the Carbean to Berlin’s Hasenheide’, the regional radio station for Berlin and Brandenburg states interviewed AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the latest surge in Afghanistan’s opium production and its causes (here a summary on the station’s website in German). Ruttig argues that the international intervention has not significantly changed Afghanistan’s status as one of the poorest countries in the world, and that contradictory policies have led to a prioritisation of counter-terrorism over counter-narcotics, ending up in an alliance between ISAF troops and government-lined drug barons against the Taleban who also profit from the drug trade.