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Published: 01 May 2016

ISBN: 9780190608316

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A State Built on Sand

How Opium Undermined Afghanistan

David Mansfield

  • Drawing on two decades of fieldwork, the author paints the definitive picture of opium cultivation in Afghanistan
  • Shows how some rural communities tenaciously held on to the lifeline opium production offered, flouting the bans imposed by the Taliban and, later, the regulations imposed by the international community
  • Examines how politically charged opium production is-even leading to violence, destabilization and rebellion when production banned
  • Opium cultivation, more than any other single factor, determines people's lives and political outcomes in rural Afghanistan; this book explains why

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