The US inspector general for Afghanistan has concluded that their $7.6 billion counter-narcotics strategy is failing – badly. This should come as no surprise.

According to the latest report, Afghan opium poppy crops yielded nearly $3 billion in profits in 2013 – that’s $1 billion more than the harvest of 2012.

With a new Afghan president on the scene, there is an opportunity to inject new momentum into the fight against narcotics, but past mistakes must be recognised and addressed.

Countering opium cultivation and drug trafficking in Afghanistan has been a serious dilemma for the international community during the past decade. Despite serious joint efforts in curbing drug production in the country, Afghanistan has remained the major producer of opium at the global level. [Read more] – Michael’s Blog