Not Just in Transit: Drugs, the State and Society in West Africa

by Lansana Gberie,Camino Kavanagh, Mary Chinery-Hesse et al.
West Africa Commission on Drugs (WACD), June 2014

64 pp. 4.5 MB: 003_resize

In an increasingly interconnected world, West Africa has become an attractive destination for transnational organized crime. Drug cartels have collaborated with local partners to turn the region into a significant transit route to Europe and North America for illicit drugs produced in South America and Asia. This report examines the increase in drug trafficking and consumption in West Africa and their impact on the state and on society. It concludes with recommendations on how the region can respond humanely, effectively and pre-emptively to these problems.

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