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Unformatted text preview: fuels, Uzbekistan is among these. Mongolia went through an economic collapse after it lost subsidies from the Soviet Union, and fell even further when severe winters and summer droughts devastated livestock. (304) Afghanistan is plagued by war, corruption, crime, and poor infrastructure. It is the leading producer of narcotics; more than 90 percent of the worlds heroin is produced in Afghanistan. Over 100 million dollars every year goes to the Taliban from narcotics profits. (305) Many investors are attracted to central Asia because of its vast supply of natural resources. There are many major oil companies investing their time and money into these countries, some to develop their oil pipelines, and others to open up these fossil fuels to the west. (305)...
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