Does Drug Trafficking Impact Terrorism? Afghan Opioids and Terrorist Violence in Central Asia

Mariya Y. Omelicheva, Lawrence Markowitz

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Abstract

The relationship between drug trafficking and terrorism remains a contentious issue. While some assert that drug trafficking is a strong predictor of terrorism, others contest this observation. This study focuses on the impact of the Afghan opioid trade on terrorist violence in Central Asia, a region of drug transit states. We employ Geographic Information Systems–enabled visualizations of the drug trade and terrorism as well as statistical tests to study the drug–terror relationship at the subnational level. Our findings lend support to the argument that the drug trade facilitates terrorism, but we also find that the drug–terror relationship is multifaceted, complex, and intimately linked to the state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1021-1043
Number of pages23
JournalStudies in Conflict and Terrorism
Volume42
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Safety Research
  • Political Science and International Relations

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