Drugs in Central Asia

Illicit Drugs in Central Asia is a book by Adilijiang Abulaiti, published in Beijing by China Minzu University Press in 2017. Written in Chinese, the Chinese language details are: 中亚毒品问题研究阿地力江·阿布来提 (北京: 中央民族大学出版社, 2017).

The book is reviewed for JCA by
Yi Qin of the Silk Road Institute, School of Foreign Languages and Cultural Studies, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China.

Noting record high levels of opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan in recent years, Yi Qin notes that this production poses multiple challenges “not only for Afghanistan, but its neighbours and destination countries as well.” The book surveys Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. China, too, faces issues related to this rise in production and trafficking.

This book, says Yi Qin, “is a remarkably valuable reference to both academic audiences and general readers who wish to enhance their knowledge of drug problems in Central Asia.

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