One of the largest incoming classes in the history of the Monterey Institute—420 students—gathered on campus for orientation this week.
MIIS Professor’s LA Times Op-Ed Criticizes West’s Approach to Discouraging Afghan Opium Trade
November 2, 2009
The ineffectiveness and sometimes counterproductive consequences of Western efforts to curb opium production are outlined clearly in a Los Angeles Times op-ed piece authored by Monterey Institute Professor Moyara Ruehsen. Professor Ruehsen’s essay argues that recent efforts to discourage opium production through eradication and crop substitution programs have been ineffective, and that the real key to reducing both heroin exports and Taliban profits from drug trafficking lies in leaving opium farmers alone and focusing on cracking down on traffickers in the border regions.
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Building on the success of last year’s conference, TEDxMonterey returns to the Monterey Institute on April 15 with a new lineup of guest speakers, this year addressing innovation.