Russia has made a sudden shift when it comes to combatting narcotics trafficking in Afghanistan. For years, Russian officials saw US involvement in Central Asia as a greater national security threat than Afghan drugs. But now, with addiction taking a huge social toll in Russia, the Kremlin is getting behind anti-trafficking plans, even if Russian officials remain leery of cooperating with the United States.
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Stephen Blank is a professor at the US Army War College. The views expressed this article do not in any way represent the views of the US Army, Defense Department or the US Government.