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A close-up of an opium poppy in Afghanistan. Photo ID 507016. 01/07/2005. Afghanistan. UN Photo/UNODC/Zalmai.


Resource flows and political power in Afghanistan

Political power and control over resource flows are closely linked in many contexts. In Afghanistan, powerbrokers in the Taliban–government conflict have large stakes in both licit and illicit resource flows. This report, drawing primarily on desk-based research, looks to understand which flows contribute to maintaining power, and how these might influence outcomes in a post-accord environment.

Published: 30 November 2020

Authors: Graeme Smith

About the authors

Graeme Smith

Consultant Researcher

Graeme Smith is an independent consultant, currently for ODI and the Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution. He previously worked as a political analyst for UNAMA and the International Crisis Group. His earlier career as a journalist included an Emmy-winning series on the Taliban and a bestselling book about Afghanistan.