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Deutschlands (Nicht-) Drogenpolitik in Afghanistan

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Kühn, Florian P.:
Deutschlands (Nicht-) Drogenpolitik in Afghanistan.
In: Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik. Vol. 4 (2011) Issue Suppl. 1 . - pp. 115-129.
ISSN 1866-2196

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It would be easy to claim that Germany’s drug policy failed to achieve any substantial results – had there been a drug policy of sorts. Despite Germany’s important role in the international aid regime, she never even followed a strategically oriented drug policy in the first place. In this she is accompanied by a broad society of drug policy abandoners: The U.S., despite in the early years of the intervention declaring poppy production as one of the main strategic challenges of the war against terrorism and statebuilding, has quietly incorporated opium reduction in its counterinsurgency strategy (COIN). Opium traders will now only be target when they openly support the Taliban. The insurgency, escalated in the last few years, is now obviously by far outweighing the opium problem. In the last years before the withdrawal will leave behind a different power constellation anyway, the intervening countries seem not to be interested in provoking further regional and local confrontations. This article argues and exemplifies focussing on two provinces why there is no substantial drug component left in intervention policy. Obviously, that much may be speculated, the interveners have lost their resolve to tackle the opium economy and replace it with a peace economic structure. The apparent lack of concepts to transform the opium and hashish economy in Afghanistan indicates a reduction of strategic outlook to mere hoping it might disappear.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Sociology of Africa
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Sociology of Africa > Chair Sociology of Africa - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jana Hönke
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2023 08:32
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2023 11:06