The author shows the way an ever deteriorating socio-economic environment, weak state institutions in Tajikistan, combined with record rates of poppy cultivation in Afghanistan have helped create in Central Asia an environment attractive to criminal expansion.  The subsequent Central Asian drug trade is held responsible for causing a greater degree of national, regional and local instability, whence drug traffic has also facilitated the rise of armed militancy.

The Redaction
CER: I-8.4.A-721