On Thursday, October 1, 2009, the Subcommittee held an oversight hearing entitled, “Transnational Drug Enterprises: Threats to Global Stability and U.S. National Security from Southwest Asia, Latin America, and West Africa.” This hearing, the first in a series, explored the global trade in narcotics as a transnational issue and examined the relationship between drugs, failed and weak states, and related threats to U.S. national security. The hearing featured witnesses with expertise in counternarcotics operations, regional drug traffic patterns, and drug trade as a driver of conflict.
•Eric Olson, Senior Advisor, Security Initiative, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars;
•David Mansfield, University Research Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, the Kennedy School at Harvard University;
•Douglas Farah, Senior Fellow, International Assessment and Strategy Center and former West Africa Bureau Chief of the Washington Post; and
•Vanda Felbab-Brown, Ph. D., Foreign Policy Fellow, Brookings Institute and Adjunct Professor, Security Studies Program, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.
To view a webcast of the hearing, please click on the link below:
Documents and Links
* Testimony of Mr. Eric L. Olson (61 KB)
* Testimony of Mr. David Mansfield (78 KB)
* Testimony of Mr. Douglas Farah (246 KB)
* Testimony of Dr. Vanda Felbab-Brown (48 KB)
* Written Statement of General Barry McCaffrey (Ret.) (73 KB)
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