In a new IWF policy brief, Halima Karzai tackles an important topic: poppy cultivation in Afghanistan.  Among other things, Halima makes the case that:

  • Legalizing poppy cultivation would undermine security throughout Afghanistan, the fight to Al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorists, and efforts to rebuild a democracy.
  • The Afghan government and international community need to develop a long-term strategy for alternatives to poppy production.  Failure to do so will impede the country’s progress.
  • Legalization would not limit unlawful access to poppies for the intent of selling and distributing narcotics illegally. 

Read the whole report here.