Africa's Connection to the Drug Trade (African Political, by Peyton E. Daniels

By Peyton E. Daniels

Africa has traditionally held a peripheral function within the transnational illicit drug alternate, yet lately has more and more turn into a spotlight for drug trafficking, relatively of cocaine. Africa's emergence as a trafficking nexus seems to have resulted from structural shifts in foreign drug trafficking styles. This publication examines how most sensible to stability non permanent and long term counter-narcotics pursuits and methods in Africa, how a number of U.S. civilian and army and foreign supplier counter-narcotics roles and duties in Africa can be outlined and what varieties and degrees of assets those efforts might require.

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The goal is to improve the ability of law enforcement agencies in Africa to investigate narcotics related crimes ranging from simple seizure cases to large-scale conspiracy cases. During 2006 – 2007, DEA conducted 9 training seminars in Africa with students from 26 African nations. The seminars ranged from instruction in Basic Drug Enforcement Operations to the Drug Unit Commanders Course. In Statement of Thomas M. Harrigan, Assistant Administrator… 35 Fiscal Year 2009, DEA is participating in 7 training courses for African counterparts in Botswana, South Africa, and Morocco.

6 ―The Failed State Index 2007,‖ Foreign Policy Magazine, Jul7-August 2007, pp. 54-63. CID=411 8 For a more detailed look at the criminal/terrorist pipelines and the different functions of failed and criminal states in their exploitation, see: Douglas Farah, "The Criminal-Terrorist Nexus and Its Pipelines," The NEFA Foundation, Jan. 14, 2008. S. agencies, the wholesale value of a kilo of cocaine in the United States is about $30,000, while the value in Europe is $47,000. 10 2009 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR), Country Report: Brazil, United States Department of State, Feb.

In addition, if history is any guide, the traffickers will work to create internal consumption markets in the countries where they operate. Having seen first hand the damage done by child soldiers in drug- induced hazes already, it is clear that easier access to cocaine will give rise to a whole new level of violence. The United States has already taken important steps to engage in this theater. Africom, the DEA and State Department each are devoting considerably more resources to drug issues in West Africa than they were a year or two ago.

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