The trade in drugs and people are growing in importance as other sectors of Afghanistan’s economy contract or shut down and poverty deepens.
This Third World Quarterly article explores the lifeworld of drugs, following their journey from the farmers’ field to their arrival at the border with Tajikistan.
This chapter published in The Routledge Handbook of Smuggling focuses on brokers and brokerage in the context of cross border smuggling or illicit trade.
This article develops the notion of a policy trilemma, showing the tensions and trade-offs between drugs, development and peacebuilding policy fields.
The ‘narco-frontier’ is frequently invoked in policy and popular narratives about drugs and armed conflict as unruly and marginal. This paper asks why has this been the case. What ideological work does the imaginary perform and for whom? And what are the implications of an alternative imaginary of the margins?
This policy brief presents the ‘Drugs-development-peacebuilding’ policy trilemma as a useful framework and tool for highlighting tensions and trade-offs between these three policy fields.
Jonathan Goodhand’s journey to a remote Afghan village, gave him a rare glimpse into the intricacies of borderland political struggles.
While the World Bank Fragility Forum 2020 was postponed, development leaders still need to rethink their approaches to illicit drugs. Here’s how.
Jonathan Goodhand explores historical insights from two books and what they tell us about illicit economies today.