Fire and Ice: Conflict and Drugs in Myanmar’s Shan State

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Civil strife has turned Myanmar’s Shan State into a crystal methamphetamine hub.

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The richer the traffickers get, the harder the underlying conflicts will be to resolve.

Instead of targeting minor offenders, the military should root out corruption, including among top brass, and disarm complicit paramilitaries. 

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Shan State has long been a centre of conflict and illicit drug production – initially heroin, then methamphetamine tablets.

Good infrastructure, proximity to precursor supplies from China and safe haven provided by pro-government militias and…

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