1st Edition

The Politics and Economics of Drug Production on the Pakistan-Afghanistan Border

By Amir Zada Asad, Robert Harris Copyright 2003

    This title was first published in 2003. This important study contains a detailed socio-economic and political description of a region where opium and heroin are both produced and consumed. By carefully relating drug production, trade and consumption to a relatively inaccessible area on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, the book teaches us not only about the area - itself fascinating enough, particularly since it came into global prominence following the terrorist attack of 11 September 2001 - but also about the global dimensions of the problem.

    Contents: Introduction; Opium: the poppy, the drug and opium derivatives; The politics of drugs in Pakistan; Methodology, ethnography and data analysis; Dilemmas of control; Summary and conclusion; Bibliography; Index.


    Amir Zada Asad, Robert Harris

    ’This book offers a descriptive analysis of addictive and abusive drugs, starting from the production of raw opium to consumption and its consequences. The book carries a fruitful conjunction of theoretical strength and rich empirical data which will provide the social scientists, researchers and the policy makers with a new insight and pragmatic advice.’ Professor Sarah Safdar, University of Peshawar, Pakistan '...well-researched study...a great deal of rich data and arguments about opium production in Pakistan...' The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice 'Amir Zada Asad and Robert Harris have contributed an excellent book on the politics and economics of drug production in Pakistan and Afghanistan...the book provides a comprehensive, unbiased and well-researched analysis of drug politics.' Contemporary South Asia