2005 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report
Charles, Robert B., DISAM Journal of International Security Assistance Management
[The following excerpts are from the remarks at presented to a special briefing in Washington, D.C., March 4,2005. The 2005 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) can be found on the web at: http://www.state.gov/g/in]/ris/nrcrpt/2005/.1
International Narcotics and Law Objectives and Programs
As everyone here likely knows, the objectives of our counter-narcotics efforts worldwide center on:
* Reducing the cultivation, production, and transshipment of dangerous, illegal drugs to the United States;
* Working with our allies to reduce the influence of drugs in their own countries;
* Innovating to trace, track and help prevent drug-related money laundering and terrorist financing; and
* Assisting other nations in reducing demand for drugs, while also training, supporting and reinforcing institutions that make up what we describe as "the criminal justice sector."
International Narcotics and Law (INL) and the Department of State (DoS) work toward these objectives by calibrating the type, level and nature of program support to match national and regional needs. By way of example, in Colombia and the Andean Region, we offer a comprehensive program package of assistance including:
* Methodical eradication of illegal drug crops;
* Robust alternative income streams for growers getting out of the drug trade, tied to markets for sustaining trade in legitimate crops;
* Training and material support for stronger law enforcement and criminal justice institutions, from professionalizing police, prosecutors and judges to building courthouses and police stations;
* Interdiction support to fashion a deterrent for those who process and ship drugs to the United States, and
* Education, ranging from human rights training to drafting precursor chemical, money laundering and border security legislation, from drug prevention to effective drug treatment.
The 2005 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) offers some remarkable metrics of success. The INCSR is reported to Congress annually, at this time of year, to describe the counternarcotics-related performance and cooperation of countries receiving DoS counternarcotics and law enforcement resources during the past two fiscal years. This is the 19th edition, and like its predecessors it represents the most comprehensive analysis of counternarcotics and law enforcement issues found anywhere in the federal government. These assessments play a role in later international drug certification decisions. The report itself is unique, and even garnered praise from the September 11, 2001 Commission. Hundreds of individuals work on this report, and I would like to especially commend INL's Ken Thompson, Ed Rindler, and John LyIe for their efforts. We are also grateful for the invaluable input and painstaking contributions of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Departments of Justice and Homeland security, U.S. Coast Guard, Bureau of Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE), Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Office of National Drug Control, and Money Laundering Policy (ONDCP), DoS posts around the world and our allies around the world who are part of this shared battle.
Themes and Achievements
Substantively, several obvious themes emerge from this year's 1,074 page document. First, drug trafficking matters more than ever. The violence, instability, worldwide corruption and terrorist funding that surround, and are affiliated with, narcotics trafficking make this a first-order issue for our nation, our allies in this hemisphere, nations emerging from recent conflict, and at the end of the day any nation concerned about rule of law, democracy and legitimate economic progress. No nation or region is untouched.
As a result of the DoS strong policy and operational commitment to battling drug trafficking and helping professionalize police contingents, and building sustainable criminal justice institutions around the world buttressed by unwavering Congressional support for the same basic objectives we have registered real and measurable gains over the past two years. …