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Narcotics, Organized Crime and Security in Eurasia Print Email
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During the latter part of the 20th century, illegal drug production for Western markets has developed and consolidated in various parts of Asia. The near entirety of the heroin consumed in Europe originates in Afghanistan, with major individual and societal problems in the countries of consumption. However, the production and smuggling of heroin causes even worse problems in the production and transit countries. In the states along the smuggling routes, narcotics affect the general health conditions of the population, with severe diseases including HIV/AIDS as a result. It also contributes to crime and social conflicts, exacerbates corruption and threatens sovereignty, fuels extremism and terrorism, and plays an important role in civil wars.


Publications on Central Asia

Frederick Starr, Svante Cornell, Johan Engvall, Michael Emerson, Vladimir Socor
After the Enhanced PCA: Kazakhstan in Focus
POLICY BRIEF, No. 188-191, December 22, 2015 Webpage Link
Johan Engvall, Svante Cornell
Asserting Statehood: Kazakhstan’s Role in International Organizations
SILK ROAD PAPER, December 10, 2015, pp. 75 Webpage Link
Frederick S. Starr, Svante Cornell, Nicklas Norling
The EU, Central Asia, and the Development of Continental Transport and Trade
SILK ROAD PAPER, December 09, 2015, pp. 64 Webpage Link
Niklas Swanström
China's New Silk Road, a Security Deficit?
COMMENTARY, Dragon News, No. 03, September 2015, pp. 06-07 Webpage Link
Niklas Swanström
Central Asia and China’s security policy
BOOK CHAPTER, in Routledge Handbook of Chinese Security, Chapter 15, June 2015, pp. 229-240
Niklas Swanström
China and Greater Central Asia
BOOK CHAPTER, in Handbook on China and Developing Countries, Chapter 18, June 2015, pp. 427-444 Webpage Link
Bernt Berger
China's ‘Non-Policy’ for Afghanistan
BOOK CHAPTER, in The EU–China Relationship: European Perspectives - A Manual for Policy Makers, January 2015 Webpage Link
S. Frederick Starr, Bulat Sultanov, S. Enders Wimbush, Fatima Kukeyeva, Svante E. Cornell, Askar Nursha
Looking Forward: Kazakhstan and the United States
SILK ROAD PAPER, September 2014, pp. 52 Webpage Link
Ernesto Gallo
Eurasian Union versus Silk Road Economic Belt?
POLICY BRIEF, No. 159, August 29, 2014 Webpage Link
Nicklas Norling
Kazakhstan's Model Is the Best Bet for Ukraine
COMMENTARY, The Moscow Times, August 28, 2014 Webpage Link
Svante E Cornell
Checking Putin's Eurasian Ambitions
JOURNAL ARTICLE, The Wall Street Journal, April 06, 2014 Webpage Link
S. Frederick Starr
Moderate Islam? Look to Central Asia
ARTICLE, The New York Times, February 26, 2014 Webpage Link
Niklas Swanström
Sino –Russian Relations at the Start of the New Millennium in Central Asia and Beyond
ARTICLE, Journal of Contemporary China, January 22, 2014 Webpage Link
Johan Engvall
Why are Public Offices Sold in Kyrgyzstan
JOURNAL ARTICLE, Post-Soviet Affairs, Volume 30, No. 01 2014, pp. 67-85 Webpage Link
Lars-Erik Lundin, Kirsten van Kaathoven
Perils of the Drug Trade: Implications and Challenges of Central Asia's "Northern Route"
POLICY BRIEF, No. 125, May 29, 2013 Webpage Link
Niklas Swanström, Leah Oppenheimer
Invisible Ink: Looking for the Lost Trade between China, Russia, and Central Asia
POLICY BRIEF, No. 117, March 13, 2013 Webpage Link
Niklas Swanström
Central Asia and Russian Relations: Breaking Out of the Russian Orbit?
ARTICLE, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Volume 19, No. 1, December 2012 Webpage Link
Cheryl Benard, Eli Sugarman, Holly Rehm
Cultural Heritage vs. Mining on the New Silk Road? Finding Technical Solutions for Mes Aynak and Beyond
CONFERENCE REPORT, December 2012, pp. 44 Webpage Link

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