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"Tajikistan's Opium Trade - The Global Approach" Ms. Hillary Evans

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Published on May 7, 2013

Recorded 7 May 2013.
Tajikistan is recognized for its geopolitical importance. Millions of dollars have been invested into infrastructure, government stabilization, and counter narcotics training and operations. Despite the drastic increase in both production of opium and international funding, the Tajik Drug Control Agency's seizures have dropped 80% from 2001. The drug trade seems impervious; especially considering their strategic military location. How the global community addresses this issue is unique, in that we are prioritizing their stability -- at whatever political cost (breach of human rights/blatant corruption). The US provides training to elite military forces, government officials, and law enforcement with the publicized goal of fighting corruption and the war on drugs.

About This Speaker:
Hillary L. Evans is currently managing a State Department contract to enhance distance education and make it more affordable and accessible in Pakistan at the Silicon Valley Center for Global Studies. Recently, Hillary spent 11 months in Tajikistan conducting research on the economics of the opium trade as a Fulbright Fellow (2011-2012).

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