Microeconomic analysis of counternarcotics strategies in Afghanistan suggests that current policies lend material support to the enemy. Vigorous enforcement can increase the flow of funds to insurgents and other parties that profit from trafficking. Rural-development programs, promoted as elements of a counternarcotics strategy, are open to some of the same objections. The benefits of drug-fighting in Afghanistan for consumer countries in Europe and North America are likely to be modest. Anti-corruption efforts in Afghanistan and demand-reduction programs both in Afghanistan and in consumer countries, insofar as they are feasible, could serve both counternarcotics and counterinsurgency objectives.
Kulick, Jonathan D.; Caulkins, Jonathan P.; and Kleiman, Mark A. R., "Material Support: Counternarcotics vs. Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan" (2011). Pepperdine University, School of Public Policy Working Papers. Paper 19.