Critical Analysis: Drug Trade in Afghanistan

There is a reason that poppies are the main cash crop of Afghanistan.  Money.  Money is a powerful motivator for struggling farmers in one of the poorest countries in the world. Farmers who are desperate for money to feed their families turn to poppy cultivation despite awareness of the risks associated. The people are poor … Read more

Critical Analysis: NATO Drawdown is Eclipsed by Evolving Taliban Strategy

  Two years ago the Taliban held large strips of Afghanistan predominately in the southern provinces of Kandahar and Helmand.  In response, NATO padded their forces with an additional 33,000 Marines and Army soldiers to combat the Taliban in these areas.  The last of these “surge” troops left Afghanistan September 21 after accomplishing their objective … Read more

Kudos to Amnesty Int’l for Holding Non-State Actors to Task

The Taliban

I was pleased to see an article in which Amnesty International calls for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate crimes by the Taliban in Afghanistan. I have long felt that non-state actor groups that wage military style campaigns that intentionally target civilians get more lenient treatment in international criminal law circles.   For example, many … Read more