Finally read Vanda Felbab-Brown‘s book “Shooting Up: Counterinsurgency and the War on Drugs“
This is required reading for anyone who wants to gain inside in the opium economy in Afghanistan. Understanding the role of opium within the rural communities of Afghanistan, the underlying mechanisms and the relationship of the drug economy and the various insurgency groups as well as the Afghan government will be nothing short of enlightening for many.
I had the pleasure to meet Vanda on several occasions and listening to her tales from her field research, spending much of her time tracking through the back alleys of this worlds more dicier places, sharing drinks with local drug traffickers, producers and farmers from South America to Afghanistan – still one of my favorite couple of hours in Washington DC.
Go and buy it now:
For all the other miserable people who live in places like Kandahar and have since acquired a kindle in order to get hold of books and newspapers like myself you can get her book for kindle here