Strategy Brief #2 - Wesley Barton Professor Strathman PS...

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Wesley BartonProfessor StrathmanPS 126 Brief #211/3/16Problem at Hand:The production of Opium in Afghanistan is currently at its highest point and has turned into an international problem. The Taliban has taken economic advantage of this production by extorting Afghani farmers to produce opium and transport the goods to places like India and Pakistan to profit and increase their efforts to expand terrorism. Solution:The problem cannot be solved unilaterally by using force or destroying the crops, as it will only make the opium more profitable by increased prices due to a lesser supply. Both states need to benefit from the negotiation because aid that is completely unilateral is not a form of statecraft since there is no end to the means.1To do so, the usage of both economic and military statecraft will be brought into the solution.Economic Statecraft:First, the United States will make an agreement with the Afghan government in the form of a contractual subsidy for Afghan farmers. This subsidy will discourage the growth of poppies by encouraging the growth of cotton. Cotton will be the crop requested to produce because Afghanistan has useable soil for this type of crop and the United States will benefit from its 1 Foreign Aid, Baldwin, Pg.2
production. The United States will buy cotton from Afghani farmers in more profitable portions

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