NGA Tearline: Gemstone Production Under the Taliban

In partnership with Johns Hopkins University and written by Yinan Wang

Shortly after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and subsequent Taliban take-over in August 2021, the Taliban banned foreign currency exchanges in November 2021. Limited foreign currency exchange options, a poor business climate, and deep poverty in most of Afghanistan increases the likelihood of gem and mineral exchanges as a source of wealth for citizens and a hard currency source for the Taliban.

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