Our flagship report, based on a collection of life stories that offer insights into how illicit drugs, violence and conflict, poverty and development, and insecurity and resilience are entangled in the everyday lives of people in the borderlands.
Agribusiness meets alternative development: Lessons for Afghanistan’s licit and illicit commodity markets
This AREU research paper is a case study of CARD-F, a nine-year aid-funded rural development programme which began with counternarcotic goals.
This Third World Quarterly article considers the interaction between different governance arrangements and the everyday life of people involved in the drug economy in Nimroz and Nangarhar.
In this presentation, Veerle Van den Eynden, Data Manager outlines how data from the research is being archived and shared.
Militias are often long-term political actors of post-war frontier areas. central to how states and markets function. What does this imply those making and implementing security policies?
Drugs & (dis)order Policy Lab: An experiment in sustained critical engagement between researchers and policymakers
This working paper shares reflections from an ongoing conversation between researchers and policy stakeholders on drugs, development and peacebuilding policy.
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 AREU Policy Brief asks how the SDG-16 goals are being addressed in Afghanistan. In What ways do they specifically address the particular political challenges that Afghanistan faces, and the geographical divisions of the country?
The assumption that the Taliban collected significant amounts of money taxing the cultivation of opium, the production of opiates, and on the smuggling of drugs across Afghanistan’s borders is the …
This chapter documents empirical research along the length of the value chain for opium in Afghanistan, and across its international borders.