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, really of cocaine. Africa's emergence as a trafficking nexus seems to be to have resulted from structural shifts in overseas drug trafficking styles. This booklet examines how most sensible to stability momentary and long term counter-narcotics targets and methods in Africa, how a variety of U.S. civilian and army and foreign organisation counter-narcotics roles and tasks in Africa will be outlined and what varieties and degrees of assets those efforts could require.
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Each year Spanish drug law enforcement authorities seize massive amounts of hashish, smuggled into the Iberian Peninsula from Morocco. Hashish traffickers and cocaine traffickers now utilize the same routes to transport those drugs into Spain. Finally, khat is smuggled into the United States from East Africa via European countries, where the plant is legal. As a result, millions of dollars a year are being sent to Somalia and other countries in the Horn of Africa that may end up in the coffers of terrorist networks.
A second reason to engage in this threat is that the infusion of drugs and drug revenue into West Africa--one of the poorest and most corrupt regions of world with a history of violent conflict centered on commodities and resources--will inevitably bring a new wave of violence and instability to the region. Apart from the very legitimate humanitarian concerns, about 18 percent of the oil21 and 14 percent of the natural gas (LNG) imported by the United States each year comes from the region,22 and these amounts are estimated to rise significantly in coming years.
There are obvious signs that Africa‘s vulnerability is being exploited by some of the world‘s most dangerous drug trafficking organizations. The global expansion of West African drug trafficking syndicates, such as Nigerian DTOs, has been documented from Bangkok to Kabul; from Nairobi to Cape Town; and from Lima to Detroit. This expansion would not be possible without safe bases of operation on the African continent. South American cocaine DTOs have impacted much of West Africa due to the rising demand for cocaine and the higher profits that can be made in the European drug market.
Africa's Connection to the Drug Trade (African Political, Economic, and Security Issues) by Peyton E. Daniels