From the coca fields of Columbia to the poppy fields of Afghanistan, we all know that the drug trade plays a role in financing warfare. What is less well known is the officially sanctioned role that drugs play in the lives of soldiers on the battlefield. Militaries worldwide, from the US to ISIS, have and are using drugs to change the behaviour of their soldiers, whether it is psychoactive drugs to improve performance or drugs that suppress fear or empathy.

Join Afshin Shahi for a fascinating talk on the use of narcotics by soldiers in fuelling and sustaining warfare from Nazi Germany to Islamic State.

About The Speaker

Afshin Shahi

Dr Afshin Shahi is a senior lecturer in Middle East politics and International Relations at Bradford University. He is a multilingual scholar and his research interests encompass sectarianism and the politics and security of the Middle East, with a particular focus on political Islam. He is the author of Politics of Truth Management in Saudi Arabia (Routledge 2013), and co-author of the forthcoming book, Iran: the Shia State and the Sunni Minority.