It is estimated that Afghanistan produces up to 85% of the world’s opium and heroin. With that in mind, today we take a close look at the global drug trade, its connections to Afghan state formation, and the role of the United States’ military presence and imperial project. Our guest is James Tharin Bradford, author of Poppies, Politics, and Power.
James Tharin Bradford is an assistant professor of history at Berklee College of Music and adjunct lecturer at Babson College. He is the author of Poppies, Politics, and Power: Afghanistan and the Global History of Drugs and Diplomacy (Cornell University Press, 2019).