EastWest Institute to Address Threat of Afghan Narcotrafficking

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A $300,000 grant from Carnegie Corporation will support the EastWest Institute’s Joint U.S.-Russia Working Group in Afghan Narcotrafficking.

The project brings together technical and policy experts from Russia and the United States to address a common security threat: Afghan heroin trafficking, which has devastating social costs for Russia and is a source of funding for the Taliban and Al Qaeda, undermining American efforts to weaken the insurgency and create better conditions for withdrawal. The drug trade also destabilizes the Afghan government.

After producing a joint threat assessment (JTA) of conditions on the ground focusing on the scope, trends, and root causes, the group will create a U.S.-Russia joint-policy assessment. By meeting outside of formal diplomatic channels, the group will be free to come up with innovative ideas and solutions.