Narcotics Trafficking in West Africa: A Governance Challenge

1 March 2010
McGuire, P.L.
The Pardee Papers

A report examining the impact of illicit narcotics trafficking in West Africa. A surge in such trafficking began in 2004 and has led to an increase in violence and corruption in the region. However, the report argues that simply implementing counter-narcotics initiatives in the area will have a limited impact without a long-term commitment to strengthening state capacity, improving political transparency and accountability, and tackling poverty alleviation and underdevelopment.