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A State Built on Sand: How Opium Undermined Afghanistan

David Mansfield


Fluctuations in opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan have long been closely associated with perceptions of state power, such as after the Taliban imposed an almost countrywide ban in 2000-1. The international community’s subsequent attempts to ban opium poppy cultivation became intimately linked with its state-building project, and rising levels of cultivation were often cited as evidence of failure by those international donors who spearheaded stabilization and development in opium-growing provinces like Helmand, Nangarhar and Kandahar. Mansfield examines why drug control - particularly opi ... More

Keywords: Afghanistan, Opium, Livelihoods, Research, Political settlememt, Drug control, Prohibition, Statebuilding

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190608316
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190608316.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Mansfield, author