The Nexus: International Terrorism and Drug Trafficking from Afghanistan

The Nexus: International Terrorism and Drug Trafficking from Afghanistan

The Nexus: International Terrorism and Drug Trafficking from Afghanistan

The Nexus: International Terrorism and Drug Trafficking from Afghanistan

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This book examines criminal drug traffickers and international terrorist networks in Afghanistan from 1979 to 2006, to ascertain whether sufficient evidence exists to substantiate claims of an operational nexus between international criminal drug traffickers and international terrorist networks in Afghanistan. Data on significant factors affecting the opium trade, terrorism, and nexus issues was collected through 2006.

The research strategy was single-case study utilizing embedded units of analysis. Data sources included historical and contemporary documents, articles, reports, and interviews with knowledgeable individuals. A recurrent theme in the literature was the lack of “open source” empirical data relative to specific international drug/terror group alliances in Afghanistan. Claims supporting a nexus were often based on anecdotal reports which lacked specific detail and corroborating information.

The epistemological basis of this research is “critical intersubjectivity.” To establish the epistemological validity of the findings the methodo logical process of data triangulation (Yin, 2003, pp. 97–99) was utilized to provide a systematic intersubjective verification to the analytical process. The analytical strategies relied on “theoretical propositions” and the use of “rival explanations” as described by Yin (1994, 1998, and 2003). The initial propositions provided the framework for building an explanation of the case.

This study takes a critically intersubjective perspective in that it involved the examination of conflicting and differing views of many individuals with various backgrounds, experiences, beliefs, and motivations. Combining critical intersubjectivity (Fay, 1996 ; Heron and Reason 1997 and 1997a) . . .

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