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Insightful book on drug control in Afghanistan published

Insightful book on drug control in Afghanistan published

Apr 04, 2016 - 11:58

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A new book highlighting the need for drug control in Afghanistaninfo-icon and portraying an intimate understanding of the countryside has hit newsstands.

“A State Built on Sand: How Opium Undermined Afghanistan,” is written by renowned author David Mansfield, who has worked for close to two decades in rural areas of the county.

The book is the culmination of extensive experience and long-term fieldwork in rural areas, including 11 years of research supported by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) and the European Union (EU).

Printed by the London-based Hurst Publishers, the book scrutinises how prohibition served divergent and competing interests. It also explains how these bans affected farming communities.

It also highlights how prohibition endured in some areas while in others opium production bans undermined livelihoods and destabilised the political order, fuelling violence.

“To understand the fragility of the Afghan state, one must read this thought-provoking and thoroughly researched book,” says Nader Nadery, former AREU director.

The book is available for download from Hurst website:


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