Official biography
Monaco Steven R

Steven R. Monaco

Program Director of Countering Transnational Organized Crime
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Steven R. Monaco is the program director of Countering Transnational Organized Crime (CTOC) at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. As director of the CTOC, Mr. Monaco oversees resident, outreach and alumni activities involving 50 resident participants and another 1,000 people per year in outreach programs across the region and around the world.

Mr. Monaco joined the Marshall Center in December 2013 after serving as a career special agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and as a regional law enforcement adviser for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

A career law enforcement officer, Mr. Monaco has worked at the federal, state, and local level, including both domestic and international assignments. Mr. Monaco also served as an assistant criminal prosecutor in Baltimore County, Md., and as assistant counsel for the DEA.  His area of legal practice at DEA focused on the use of financial intelligence and asset confiscation as part of federal strategy to dismantle drug trafficking and other criminal organizations.

Mr. Monaco’s career as a special agent with the DEA included domestic assignments in Washington D.C., New York City, and Miami. Mr. Monaco’s international assignments with the DEA included Lima, Peru, Central Asia, and Moscow.  Mr. Monaco served as the DEA Attaché while assigned to Central Asia and Russia, and subsequently covered the Middle East, Central Asia and Russia as a desk officer at DEA headquarters.

While assigned to DEA headquarters, Mr. Monaco was specially assigned to an interagency fusion center and served on a government-wide assessment of USG operations in Central and South Asia. Mr. Monaco concluded his DEA career with assignment as the DEA senior representative to U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla., where he developed inter-agency programs and strategies and assisted CENTCOM in countering regional threats to security via whole of government approaches.

Examining the linkages between transnational organized crime and extremist networks, including their dependence on the corruption of public officials, is a professional area of interest for Mr. Monaco, as are the means developed by law enforcement and security agencies to counter the threats posed by transnational organized crime.

Mr. Monaco has an undergraduate degree in political science from Towson University and received his juris doctorate from the law school of the University of Baltimore. Mr. Monaco is a member of the Maryland Bar, the Anti Money-Laundering Professionals Association, and the Association of Former Federal Narcotics Agents.  Mr. Monaco was named as Narcotics Agent of the Year in 1997 by the Federal Narcotics Agents’ Association. Mr. Monaco is proficient in Spanish and Russian.