November 17, 2021

The Nexus Between the Illicit Drug Trade and Corruption

The Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control held a hearing entitled, “The Nexus between the Illicit Drug Trade and Corruption,” in Room 608 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17. The hearing  examined the role and effectiveness of U.S. drug control agencies in addressing corruption associated with the illicit drug trade.

The hearing transcript is available here.

Opening Statements


Sheldon Whitehouse

Sen. Whitehouse’s opening statement, as prepared for delivery.


Chuck Grassley

Sen. Grassely’s opening statement, as prepared for delivery.


Ambassador Todd D. Robinson

Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Bruce Swartz

Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Counselor for International Affairs, U.S. Department of Justice

Shannon N. Green

Senior Advisor to the Administrator and Executive Director of the Anti-Corruption Task Force, U.S. Agency for International Development

Panel II

John Brandolino

Director, Division for Treaty Affairs, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Vanda Felbab-Brown

Senior Fellow, Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology in the Foreign Policy Program, Brookings Institution

Clay R. Fuller

Research Affiliate, Walker Institute, University of South Carolina