Countering the Drug Trade in West Africa: Assessments and Perspectives


Cristina Webster (Editor)

Series: Drug Transit and Distribution, Interception and Control
BISAC: BUS035000

In recent years, West Africa has played an increasing role in the global drug trade. In the early 2000s, drug traffickers searching for new routes and markets began shipping South American cocaine to Europe through West Africa. Criminal groups have now expanded their operations in the region to include heroin trafficking and methamphetamine production. While cocaine trafficked through West Africa typically reaches Europe rather than the United States, illicit activities surrounding the West African drug trade jeopardize U.S. goals in the region. The drug trade destabilizes governments and funds terrorist organizations, including Hezbollah and Al Qaeda in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb. In 2011, the State Department launched the West Africa Cooperative Security Initiative to coordinate the U.S. response to these threats. This has been a positive start, but the Caucus believes more must be done. This book provides eight recommendations on how the United States can better assist our partners in West Africa. (Imprint: Novinka)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Eight Steps to Counter the Drug Trade in West Africa
U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control

Chapter 2. Statement of Thomas Harrigan, Deputy Administrator, Drug Enforcement Agency. Hearing on ”Countering Narcotics Threats in West Africa”

Chapter 3. Statement of William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. Hearing on ”Countering Narcotics Threats in West Africa”

Chapter 4. Testimony of Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, U.S. State Department. Hearing on ”Countering Narcotics Threats in West Africa”

Chapter 5. Statement of William F. Wechsler, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counternarcotics and Global Threats, Department of Defense. Hearing on ”Countering Narcotics Threats in West Africa”


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