George C. Kraehe

George C. Kraehe is an Assistant U.S. Attorney and National Security prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice.  He is also a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and is presently assigned as a legal advisor in the Office of the Judge Advocate General.  He also currently serves as an International Humanitarian/International Human Rights Law instructor for the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies, with past deployments to the Sahel, North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa. He also served combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.   Mr. Kraehe worked as a researcher for Harvard Law School’s Program on International Law and Armed Conflict.  He holds his B.A., cum laude, from Yale University, a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University, and a M.St. in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford.  The views expressed in this paper are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. government, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Department of Justice.

The nature of narcotics trafficking in North Africa and the Sahel has changed in recent years in significant ways.