Drugs and Conflict

TitleDrugs and Conflict
Publication TypeBook
Subtitle / Series TitleNew GTZ Discussion Paper Online Available
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsGraubner, C, Bartelt, N, Berg, C, Helfrich, DL
Number of Pages36 pp.
PublisherDeutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)
CityEschborn
Accession Number800
Abstract

\"Drugs and Conflict. How the mutual impact of illicit drug economies and violent conflict influences sustainable development, peace and stability.\" The global drug problem is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Today, production, trafficking and abuse of drugs take place predominantly in developing and transition countries. Links between drug economies and violent conflicts exist at many levels. Illicit drug economies are often formed in regions affected by conflict in politically unstable conditions of weak statehood. On the other hand, violent conflicts are particularly common in countries that are home to the main drug-growing regions or passed through by major illicit drug trafficking routes. Profits from the drug trade may be decisive factors in violent clashes between rival groups. The link between drugs and conflicts poses a serious threat to development in countries such as Afghanistan, Colombia and Bolivia. International drug policy and approaches to crisis prevention, conflict transformation and peace-building cannot ignore drug problems in conflict-ridden regions if they hope to achieve sustainable development. The GTZ is pleased to present the new discussion paper \"Drugs and Conflict. How the mutual impact of illicit drug economies and violent conflict influences sustainable development, peace and stability.\" This paper was prepared by the GTZ Development-Oriented Drug Control Programme (DDC). It addresses those complex issues of conflict transformation, crisis prevention and peace consolidation. The report analyses in-depth interrelations and different intersections of these issues and develops core recommendations for International Drug Control as well as for the Socio- economic Development Cooperation. In particular, the following issues will be addressed: - The illicit drugs economy and value added chains - conflict, war and its economy - drugs and conflict - international drug control measures as a response to the illicit drug threat - recommendations

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