Part One of The Current
It's Monday June 13th.
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Afghan Drug Trade - Panel
More than 90 percent of the world's heroin gets its start in an Afghanistan poppy.
And much of the profits from this trade are funneled into the pockets of the Taliban.
So today, as Canada begins the withdrawal of its combat troops from Afghanistan, we're asking whether the international community missed an opportunity to crush the drug trade when it had the chance.
It's a frustrating question for our first guest, Gretchen Peters. She spent five years researching the role opium has played in three decades of conflict in Afghanistan. The result is a book called: Seeds of Terror: How Drugs, Thugs and Crime are reshaping the Afghan War. Gretchen Peters was in Denver, Colorado this morning.
Colonel Louis Jordan was the Senior Military Advisor to the Afghan Deputy Minister of Interior for Counternarcotics in 2009 and 2010. He is now the Deputy Director of the Strategic Studies Institute at United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Doug Wankel was the director of the Counter Narcotics Task Force at the US Embassy in Kabul from 2004 to 2007. He is the manager of Spectre Group International's projects in Afghanistan. That's a private company that provides trainers and drug consultants in Afghanistan. He was in Dubai today.
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