Additional resources available on the web
"The Links Between Drug Prohibition and Terrorism" from the Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy is an excellent summary of how drug prohibition has opened a treasure chest for terror and rebel groups around the world.
"Drugs In The Anti-Terrorism Campaign" from the Center for Defense Information discusses the rise once again of Afghan opium production, and the groups on both sides of the current conflict which profit from it.
"The Threat Posed by the Convergence of Organized Crime, Drugs Trafficking and Terrorism," testimony by Ralf Mutschke, Assistant Director, Criminal Intelligence Directorate, International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) General Secretariat before a hearing of the US House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Dec. 13, 2000.
The BBC has produced some very informative pieces on the Afghan heroin trade and narcotics in general, including these recent pieces, "Afghan heroin trade will live on," Oct. 10, 2001, and "Analysis: The heroin trail," Oct. 4, 2001.
This piece by Earl Ofari Hutchinson from the Pacific News Service, "The Forgotten War On Drugs: Taliban's Defeat Could Bring More Drugs To US Cities," explores the involvement in the heroin trade of US allies the Northern Alliance.
This is an excellent commentary from Canada's National Post on whether the US can successfully pursue both a war on drugs and a war on terrorism, "Terror or Drugs? We Can't Wage War On Both," National Post, Oct. 29, 2001
The The International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism has a great deal of information on its website, including "Targeting Terrorist Financing in the Middle East," by Reuven Paz, Academic Director of ICT, October 23, 2000 -- Paper presented at the International Conference on Countering Terrorism through Enhanced International Cooperation, Courmayeur, Mont Blanc, Italy, 22-24 September 2000.
The National Interagency Civil Military Institute began as the National Interagency Counterdrug Institute in 1989. NICI was created by Congress in response to the perceived need for interagency cooperation and communication in US anti-drug efforts. Then, "Pursuant to the bombings of the World Trade Center in New York, Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma, and the U.S. Air Force Barracks at Khobar, Saudi Arabia, NICI began in 1997 to develop and conduct courses in Anti-Terrorism as well as Community Response to Emergencies Scenario Training. In addition, NICI, under the direction of the US Army Military Police School, conducts Force Protection Level II training which is tailored to meet the mandatory training needs of soldiers prior to deployment to mid- and high-level threat areas throughout the world." (From the NICI website at http://www.nici.org/Nici/nici_logo.html ).
The Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence has several articles and publications of interest.
The Organization of American States publication from April 1995, "A New Vision of the OAS," features this chapter on Hemispheric Security and the Fight Against Drug Trafficking .
Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Frontiers) has a great deal of information on the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and Central Asia on its website.
This is a public service advertisement from Common Sense in Fall of 2001 dealing with the question of prohibition's funding of terrorism, "Is The Funding Of Terrorism Another Unintended Consequence Of Drug Prohibition?" .
Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Frontiers) has a great deal of information on the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and Central Asia