Middle East Drugs Bazaar: Production, Prevention and Consumption

Paperback | April 25, 2016

byPhilip Robins

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The Middle East is intimately involved in the issue of illegal drugs which affects all the countries of the region: as a cultivator (Morocco, Lebanon); transit hub (Iran, Turkey); and consumer (Egypt). Yet, until now, there has been precious little research on any of these issues, especiallyin a comparative manner. This book, the first in any language to focus on illicit drugs in the Middle East, will surprise many readers. The consumption of qat in Yemen or cultivation of cannabis in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley is hardly news, but the extent of amphetamine use in Saudi Arabia and the GulfStates or the international role of Israeli narcotics manufactures and traffickers is less well known.Based on extensive research and interaction with law enforcement agencies, the public and private health sectors, drug-centric NGOs, and recovering drug abusers, Middle East Drugs Bazaar focuses on ten of the leading countries of the region, straddling the Arab World, Israel, Iran and Turkey. Ittells the story of drug-related experiences where they most impinge on the peoples and societies of the region.In addition to the social role of illegal drugs, their political and economic impact are also covered, including: war and drugs in Iraq; drugs and development in Yemen; and youth policy and drugs in Saudi Arabia.

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The Middle East is intimately involved in the issue of illegal drugs which affects all the countries of the region: as a cultivator (Morocco, Lebanon); transit hub (Iran, Turkey); and consumer (Egypt). Yet, until now, there has been precious little research on any of these issues, especiallyin a comparative manner. This book, the first...

Philip Robins is Reader in Middle East Politics at St Antony's College, University of Oxford. Prior to that he was the founding head of the Middle East Programme at Chatham House. He has worked on the region for more than thirty-five years.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.68 inPublished:April 25, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190462450

ISBN - 13:9780190462451

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