Confronting Drug Trafficking in West Africa, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on African Affairs, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, June 23, 2009 [open pdf - 822KB]
This testimony from the June 23, 2009 hearing, "Confronting Drug Trafficking in West Africa" before the Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on African Affairs includes statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Johnnie Carson, William Wechsler, Thomas M. Harrigan, Douglas Farah, Michael Braun, and Michael McGovern. From the opening statement of Johnnie Carson: "We are united in our understanding of the serious threat that drugs and drug trading are to Africa and to U. S. interests. Our partnership and coordination are essential to any success in deterring this threat. [...].Global cocaine markets have shifted because of demand, supply, and the value of the dollar. Cocaine use in the United States has declined, while use in Europe has increased. Law enforcement efforts in the United States and Latin America have made it harder for traffickers to move cocaine to US markets. The declining value of the US dollar, relative to the Euro, may also have influenced the shift towards European markets. [...].Drug-trafficking poses at least two threats to good governance, a principal focus of U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance in West Africa. First, trafficking normally is facilitated by corrupting public officials from law enforcement and judicial actors to the highest levels of government. Second, politicians could look to drug money to finance their elections."
S. Hrg. 111-121; Senate Hearing 111-121
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