Counter-Narcotics Operations and Intelligence Gathering in the Early Cold War
This chapter largely represents an attempt to explore the nature and significance of Turkish and American cooperative counter-narcotic efforts in the years between 1948 and 1967. The purpose of this study is threefold. Building upon the previous chapter, this section first and foremost attempts to understand how and why American and Turkish officials came to understand and collectively approach organized crime in Istanbul. Secondly, it sheds light on the degree to which opiate traders and smugglers influenced and interacted with individuals and institutions within the local administration of Istanbul as well as the national government in Ankara. Thirdly, this chapter attempts to highlight the degree to which American and Turkish clandestine operations overlapped with the policing (and to some degree the construction) of the Turkish drug trade.
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