Us and Turkish soldiers work on computer monitoring

Partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

Turkey Tackles Drugs

January 2014, Zahl 05.01

“Intergovernmental relations between the United States and Turkey date to the mid-19th century: the Treaty of Commerce and Navigation between the U.S. and the Ottoman Empire was signed February 25, 1862 (Yale University, 2011). Since establishment of the Turkish republic, treaties between Turkey and the U.S. have mainly addressed defense and military issues. The first Turkey- U.S. treaty on drug enforcement and criminal justice relations, between the U.S. treasury Department and the Turkish Ministry of Interior, was signed October 3, 1928. That treaty was the main instrument of cooperation and information exchange for both countries’ law enforcement officers until 1979. the three main points addressed are:

  • exchange of information and documents on illicit trafficking, including        photographs, fingerprints, criminal records and other evidence;
  • immediately forwarding information about suspected movements of narcotic drugs that  might concern turkey or the U.S.;
  • Mutual cooperation in police and investigative work...”

Excerpt from Arif Akgül and Bahadır Küçükuysal, “Turkey Tackles Drugs,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 5, No. 1, 2014: 24-27.

Dr. Arif Akgül is a faculty member of the Turkish National Police Academy and the School of Security Sciences and a research associate at the International Center for Terrorism and Transnational Crime (UTSAM). He holds a master’s of public administration degree from Ankara University, a second master’s in criminal justice and a doctorate in political science from Washington State University in the United States.

Dr. Bahadır Küçükuysal is deputy director of the Turkish International Academy against Drugs and Organized Crime, where he organizes and implements international training. He holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from American University and a doctorate in public affairs from the University of Central Florida in the United States. He is an alumnus of the Marshall Center’s Senior Executive Seminar in January 2013.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.