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Author Chin, Ko-lin.

Title The Golden Triangle : inside Southeast Asia's drug trade / Ko-lin Chin
Published Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 280 pages) : map
Contents Introduction : into the thick of it -- The Golden Triangle and Burma -- The Wa -- The opium trade -- Heroin production and trafficking -- The methamphetamine business -- Drug use -- Drug control -- The business and politics of drugs
Summary "The Golden Triangle region that joins Burma, Thailand, and Laos is one of the global centers of opiate and methamphetamine production. Opportunistic Chinese businessmen and leaders of various armed groups are largely responsible for the manufacture of these drugs. The region is defined by the apparently conflicting parallel strands of criminality and efforts at state building, a tension embodied by a group of individuals who are simultaneously local political leaders, drug entrepreneurs, and members of heavily armed militias. This book provides a portrait of a region in constant transition, a place where political development is intimately linked to the vagaries of the global market in illicit drugs." "Ko-lin Chin explains the nature of opium growing, heroin and methamphetamine production, drug sales, and drug use. He also shows how government officials who live in these areas view themselves not as drug kingpins, but as people who are carrying the responsibility for local economic development on their shoulders."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-273) 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 -- Burma -- Shan State.
Drug traffic -- Golden Triangle (Southeast Asia)
Wa (Burmese people) -- Commerce.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0801458439 (electronic bk.)
9780801458439 (electronic bk.)
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(cloth ; alk. paper)
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