Tag: counter-narcotics

Featured article: There is No Silver Bullet and Other Lessons from Colombia by Stuart Lippe Colombia has always had large, ungovernable areas where the authority of the central government was often tenuous or non-existent. Colombians seemed to prefer to focus on their home regions, leaving the vast hinterlands to fend for themselves. Fifteen percent of […]

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Featured article: NORAD: A Model to Address Gaps in U.S.-Mexico Security Coordination by Patti Bielling Mexico’s dynamic evolution toward democracy remains a hidden success story to most people in the U.S. The Mexican government’s incremental legislative and election reforms from 1977 to today paved the way for the 2000 election of Vicente Fox as the […]

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Earlier this month, the Department of State released the 2017 International Narcotic Control Strategy Report (INCSR). In a teleconference on March 2, Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William Brownfield introduced the INCSR, saying “This report… tells a picture of the international architecture that is now in place around the world to […]

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps General Joseph F. Dunford praised Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF South) for their anti-drug efforts during his visit on March 8. Dunford said he was impressed by the professionalism, expertise, and dedication exhibited by the members of the task force. JIATF South is an interagency […]

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Last week the State Department submitted the 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) to Congress. The two-volume report offers a comprehensive assessment of the efforts of foreign governments to reduce illicit narcotics production, trafficking and use, in keeping with their international obligations under UN treaties, while also presenting information on governments’ efforts to counter money […]

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly released a report earlier this month detailing U.S. agencies’ efforts in countering firearms trafficking in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico. The report was published within days of GAO’s recent follow-up report on firearms trafficking between the U.S. and Mexico. The report examines illicit trafficking across Mexico’s border with Guatemala and […]

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published a follow-up review on firearms trafficking from the U.S. to Mexico. GAO’s original firearms trafficking report was published in 2009. In their recent report, GAO examines the origin of firearms seized in Mexico that have been traced by the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and […]

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A December report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has shown that little progress has been made on the 2010 National Drug Control Strategy since GAO’s last review in 2013. The 2010 strategy laid out seven goals for reducing illicit drug use by 2015, however GAO reported in 2013 that the Office of National Drug Control Policy […]

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Last week the U.S. Department of State issued The Global Illicit Trade in Tobacco: A Threat to National Security, a publication outlining the whole-of-government effort to combat the illicit trade in tobacco. The publication was released on December 2, at a meeting of the Interagency Working Group to Combat Illicit Tobacco, which focuses on collaboration in countering […]

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Earlier this week Amb. William Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, testified before the United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control. Brownfield spoke on U.S. counternarcotics assistance to Mexico, including the Merida Initiative. In his remarks, Brownfield discussed the U.S. role in the Merida Initiative, a comprehensive […]

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