Budget Summary ($000)
FY 2007 Actual
FY 2008 Estimate
FY 2009 Request
Program Objectives and Performance IndicatorsImproved drug seizures and dismantling of criminal networks.
Reduction in flow of illicit drugs and other contraband to and through Turkey – both through increased seizures and active deterrence.Transformational Diplomacy
Program JustificationTurkey is a moderate, Muslim nation with a secular state and growing economy. It is an active member of NATO, a committed partner in the global war on terrorism and long-time U.S. partner in combating international drug trafficking. In July 2006, Secretary of State Rice and Turkish Foreign Minister Gul agreed to a shared vision of developing a more structured framework to enhance the effectiveness of the U.S.-Turkey relationship, including in the security arena. Due to its strategic geographic location, its extensive coastline, active ports and proximity to Europe, Turkey is a major transshipment point for illicit drugs heading to Europe both from the east – principally Afghan heroin – and from Africa and Latin America. Turkey also faces substantial problems relating to commercial and other forms of smuggling, illegal migration – including the movement of transnational terrorists - through its territory. The profits from these illicit enterprises may provide revenue sources to terrorists. These criminal activities serve to undermine the rule of law in Turkey, lead to corruption of public officials, and weaken Turkish institutions. The future stability, security and economic development of Turkey rests, in great measure, on how the fight to strengthen the rule of law proceeds, and on its effectiveness in confronting drug trafficking. The prospect of EU membership increases both the opportunity for improvements and the need for such advances as soon as possible.
Program AccomplishmentsThe U.S. and Turkey have a long history of close cooperation in combating transnational organized crime, especially drug trafficking. Turkey has among the world’s highest rates of drug seizures. With the support of the U.S. and the United Nations, Turkey established in 2000 the Turkish Academy to Combat Drugs and Organized Crime (TADOC) which not only serves as a training center for Turkish law enforcement personnel, but has been opened by the GOT to support training for personnel from other countries in the region. In early 2007, TADOC hosted a pilot training activity involving counter-drug unit commanders from both Turkey and Afghanistan aimed at establishing a closer working relationship between the two countries to combat the flow of heroin from Afghanistan through Turkey to Western Europe and the Americas.
FY 2009 ProgramWhile the U.S. has provided limited training and technical assistance to the GOT in recent years, e.g., through the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Budapest or at the Turkish International Academy Against Drugs and Organized Crime (TADOC), the Department of State has not had a formal cooperative program in place since 2000.
Funds will be used for TDY assistance, travel, and other general administrative and operating expenses for program planning, design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
|FY 2007||FY 2007 Supp||FY 2008||FY 2009|
|Counternarcotics - Interdiction||-||-||263||265|
|Program Development and Support|
|Program Support||-||-||35 ||35 |
|Sub-Total||-||-||35 ||35 |
|Total||-||-||298 ||300 |