Monthly Archives: November 2010


According to most estimates, Afghanistan’s opium production provides about 90% of the world’s heroin. It fuels the insurgency, enhances government corruption, and tends to further instability in remote provinces. The political economy of drugs is therefore of great importance to … Continue reading

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Towards a Tribal Engagement Strategy?

This week, our group was supposed to talk about counterinsurgency and counterterrorism. Instead, we got carried away into an intense discussion about tribal engagement. Students were presented with Major Jim Gant’s One Tribe at a Time, a document as fascinating … Continue reading

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“Population is the prize”

Now that Election Day is over here in the United States, let’s go back to the politics of international intervention in Afghanistan. In class this week, we discussed the ambitious counterinsurgency strategy that has progressively replaced the light footprint in … Continue reading

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