Shooting Up Counterinsurgency and the War on Drugs
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Description: Policymakers see counterinsurgency and counternarcotics policy as two sides of the same coin -- stop the flow of drug money, and the insurgency will wither away. This timely book vividly shows how that conventional wisdom is dangerously wrongheaded. Vanda Felbab-Brown shows how guerrilla and terrorist organizations -- such as the Taliban, Peru's Shining Path, and Colombia's FARC -- have learned to exploit illicit markets. Aggressive efforts to suppress the drug trade typically backfire by allowing insurgents to pose as the population's protectors and win further legitimacy. A combination of laissez-faire toward cultivation and aggressive pursuit of traffickers is more likely to be fruitful.
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Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Publication date: 11/24/2009
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
|Illicit Economies and Belligerents|
|The Political Capital Model of Illicit Economies|
|Peru: The Coca Path|
|Colombia: The Narco Wars|
|Afghanistan: Swimming in a Sea of Poppies|
|Conclusions and Policy Implications|