• Lecture: A State Built on Sand - How Opium Undermined Afghanistan

Lecture: A State Built on Sand - How Opium Undermined Afghanistan

20 March 2017


This year's annual Anthony Hyman Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Dr David Mansfield, Senior Visiting Fellow LSE IDEAS and Independent Consultant. 

Opium production in Afghanistan has attracted considerable attention from politicians, policy makers, development practitioners and the international media. Even prior to the collapse of the Taliban regime in 2001, fluctuations in levels of opium poppy cultivation were closely associated with perceptions of state power, particularly after the Taliban's successful imposition of an almost country wide ban in the 2000/01 growing season. Following the tragic events of September 2001 and NATO's engagement in Afghanistan, levels of opium poppy cultivation became intimately linked with the performance of the statebuilding project. Rising levels of cultivation have often been cited as evidence of failure of the international endeavour in Afghanistan as well as of those donor nations who were leading statebuilding efforts in major opium growing provinces like Helmand, Nangarhar and Kandahar.

Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, College Buildings Russell Square, SOAS University of London

Time: 6.15pm

Cost: Free

For more details and to book your place, please visit the SOAS website here