Narcotics as a Growing Security Concern
Autor(en): Prem Mahadevan
Herausgeber: Daniel Möckli
Reihenherausgeber: Andreas Wenger, Victor Mauer
In: Strategic Trends 2011: Key Developments in Global Affairs
Serie: Strategic Trends
Verlag(e): Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich
The global narcotics trade is gradually becoming an international security threat. The drug-financed Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan and drug-related violence in Mexico are examples. Efforts to combat the problem aggressively in either source or transit countries have only worsened it. Meanwhile, terrorists are showing signs of cooperating with drug traffickers, due to a convergence of interests and methods. Unless the narcotics-insecurity cycle is met with greater counternarcotics coordination, it may spread even further.