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Author Kan, Paul Rexton.

Title Drugs and contemporary warfare / Paul Rexton Kan ; foreword by Moisés Naím
Edition First edition
Published Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 193 pages)
Contents Hazy shades of war -- Drugging the battlefield : drugs as war funding -- High at war : drug use by combatants -- Narcotics and nation-building : drug trade as post-conflict complication -- Sober lessons for the future : the dynamics of drug-fueled conflicts -- Shaky paths forward : strategies and approaches in drug-fueled conflicts
Summary "The relationship between drugs and today's wars has grown more noticeable since the end of the Cold War and will likely gather strength in this era of increased globalization. Many violent groups and governments have recently turned to illicit narcotics in their entrepreneurial quests to stay viable in the post-Cold War world. It is no coincidence that many of the most violent and ongoing conflicts, from the Balkans to the Hindu Kush, from the Andes to the Golden Triangle, occur in areas of widespread drug production and well-traveled distribution routes." "Interdisciplinary in its approach, Drugs and Contemporary Warfare uses the most up-to-date research to investigate the convergence of drugs and modern warfare, the broad spectrum of violent actors involved in the drug trade, the drugs they produce and distribute, and how these drugs enter into battlefield conflicts and give rise to combat narcosis. Paul Rexton Kan then examines counternarcotics operations and suggests solutions to curb the drug trade's effects on contemporary conflict. He offers several broad strategies that refine assessments, policies. and operations to promote improvement in social, economic, and political conditions. The hope is that these strategies will help citizens create sustainable societies and robust governments in war afflicted countries struggling under the drug trade's shadow. In a world searching for peace, the answer may not be solely on the battlefield but also on the front line against illegal narcotics."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-187) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Drug traffic -- Economic aspects -- Developing countries.
Drug traffic -- Social aspects -- Developing countries.
Guerrillas -- Drug use.
Paramilitary forces -- Drug use.
Form Electronic book
Author Naím, Moisés.
ISBN 1597976512 (electronic bk.)
9781597976510 (electronic bk.)