is a clearly written, deeply researched account of the symbiotic relationship between insurgents and the drug trade from the coca fields of Colombia to the poppy fields of Afghanistan. It makes important points about how governments' counternarcotics efforts can actually help the insurgents.--Peter Bergen, author of Holy War, Inc.
and The Osama bin Laden I know
Vanda Felbab-Brown's intelligent survey of the steamy relationship between drugs and insurgency is a must-read. In debunking the theory that crop eradication undercuts the influence of narcoguerrillas, Shooting Up points American policymakers and generals toward a more effective strategy in Afghanistan and elsewhere.--Wendy Chamberlin, president of the Middle East Institute and former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan Shooting Up
is an important and timely book that challenges the conventional wisdom about counternarcotics and counterinsurgency. Rather than complementing one another, Felbab-Brown persuasively demonstrates, these two policies are in fact at odds.--Bruce Hoffman, professor of security studies at Georgetown University and former adviser on counterterrorism to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq
The connection between drug trafficking and terrorism has emerged as one of the central problems of our time. Shooting Up
offers the best set of case studies on the complex relationship between the two phenomena and presents unorthodox and insightful conclusions about how the U.S. government should deal with them.--Peter Reuter, professor of public policy and criminology at the University of Maryland
Felbab-Brown deftly describes how our current antidrug policies are frequently at odds with our counterinsurgency efforts. Her chilling conclusionthat the U.S. strategy for fighting drugs internationally is actually emboldening the enemies of freedomoffers one of the most compelling arguments yet for rethinking the current war on drugs. --John Carnevale, former chief of the Office of Planning, Budget, and Evaluation, Office of National Drug Control Policy
About the Author
is a fellow in the Foreign Policy Program and a member of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution. She also teaches in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. An expert on international and internal conflict issues, including counterinsurgency, she has published widely on the interaction between illicit economies and military conflict and has testified before Congress about her work. The research on which this book is based received the American Political Science Association's Harold D. Lasswell Award for the Best Dissertation in the Field of Public Policy.