Jorgan K. Andrews is Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. He oversees INL programs in Europe and Asia, including Afghanistan and Pakistan, working with international partners to deter or disrupt illicit drug trafficking and other transnational criminal activity; reduce instability and strengthen resilience of partners facing malign influence; and promote criminal justice cooperation with the United States. INL’s programs in Europe and Asia comprise an annual appropriation of more than $345 million with programs in 32 countries administered by over 1,200 employees and contractors.
Mr. Andrews previously worked in two of INL’s three largest programs, Colombia and Mexico. From 2013 to 2016, he led the INL section in Bogota during the Colombian government’s peace negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). He also served as INL Deputy Director in Mexico City from 2010 to 2013, where he helped implement the Merida Initiative. In both Colombia and Mexico, he oversaw U.S. security assistance programs to counter transnational organized crime and narcotics trafficking while strengthening justice sector institutions.
Since joining the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer in 1995, Mr. Andrews served in the National Security Council (2007-2009) and other Washington assignments, in addition to overseas assignments in Kazakhstan (2001-2004), Guatemala (1998-2000), and Russia (1996-1998).
A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mr. Andrews holds a law degree and a master’s degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National War College, and a bachelor’s degree in Russian language and international affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder. A former attorney who hails from Colorado, he speaks Russian and Spanish.