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Opium in Afghanistan: Back to the Future

One of the most intractable problems of the 15-year stabilization efforts led by the U.S. military and its NATO allies in Afghanistan is the production of opium. We wonder: Which of the following statements about Afghanistan’s opium trade in the period after the U.S. invasion is true?

A. Opium is a major revenue stream for the Taliban.
B. The amount of land used for opium cultivation has decreased.
C. Overall opium production has fallen.
D. Elimination campaigns have ended the flow of Afghan heroin to North America.
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The War on Opium

Opiates, scientifically speaking, are compounds that occur naturally in opium poppy plants. Opioids, by contrast, are synthesized compounds derived from opium, which can also be addictive. We wonder: Which of the following countries has the largest share of its population using opioids?

A. United States
B. Iran
C. Russia
D. Afghanistan

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Eradicating Polio During War

Polio was a global scourge as recently as three decades ago. Since then, it has been on the decline worldwide. Polio has now been eradicated in the wild from all but two countries. We wonder: Which countries still have not halted transmission of polio from the wild?

A. Afghanistan
B. Pakistan
C. Iraq
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Afghanistan’s Opium Addiction

One of the most intractable problems of the 12-year war waged by the U.S. military and its NATO allies in Afghanistan is the production of opium. As the United States contemplates its future role in Afghanistan, we wonder: Which of the following statements about Afghanistan’s opium production are true?

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