Senate Drug Caucus to Hold Hearing on Future of U.S. Counternarcotics Efforts in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Co-Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today announced a hearing on the future of U.S. counternarcotics efforts in Afghanistan on Wednesday, January 15, at 3 p.m. 

            The illegal drug trade is a contributing factor to many of the major challenges facing Afghanistan. Drug trafficking funds the Taliban, increases corruption and poses a serious public health challenge. The hearing will examine how the United States can sustain and improve counternarcotics efforts in Afghanistan as its military presence declines in 2014.

  • William Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
  • James Capra, Chief of Operations for the Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Erin Logan, Principal Director, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counternarcotics and Global Threats
  • John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction