Twelve students from Shandong University participated in a simulation of China’s accession to the World Trade Organization as part of a special summer training course in trade and development at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
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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Professor Pushpa Iyer and 12 students from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and Middlebury College are sharing the stories they heard and witnessed on their January trip to Sierra Leone with assistance from The Women’s International Perspective.