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About Julien Mercille

Julien Mercille is a lecturer at University College Dublin, Ireland and the author of Cruel Harvest: US Intervention in the Afghan Drug Trade (Pluto Press, 2013). Follow him on Twitter: @JulienMercille

Articles by Julien Mercille

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

What’s really behind the ‘failure’ of the US ‘war on drugs’ in Afghanistan?

Although drug production has not been reduced, this has not really been a failure. The drug war’s true function lies in reinforcing western support for the war.

Grading the drug war in Afghanistan a decade after: F

It might be unfair to call the US/NATO drug war a ‘failure’ since its purpose was never to address drug problems.

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