Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

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United States
Assistant Secretary of State
for International Narcotics and
Law Enforcement Affairs
US Department of State official seal.svg
Seal of the United States Department of State
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Incumbent
William Brownfield

since January 10, 2011
Reports to Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights
Nominator President of the United States
Inaugural holder Mathea Falco
Formation 1979
Website Official Website

Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs is a position of the United States government within the Department of State that heads the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, which is responsible for development of policies and programs to combat international narcotics and crime. The current Assistant Secretary is William Brownfield.

On October 1, 1978, Congress, in the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for fiscal Year 1979, authorized the position of Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters, to be responsible for the overall coordination of the role of the Department of State in the international aspects of narcotics problems. This title had been given in full in each appointee's commission. The new Assistant Secretary, who headed the Bureau for International Narcotics Matters, replaced a Senior Adviser to the Secretary of State on Narcotics, who had served with a rank equivalent to an Assistant Secretary of State since 1971. The Department of State first supported the Department of the Treasury's Bureau of Narcotics in 1909. The title of this position was changed from International Narcotics Matters to International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs on February 10, 1995.

List of Assistant Secretaries of State for International Narcotics Matters, 1979–1995[edit]

Name Assumed Office Left Office President served under
Mathea Falco February 6, 1979 January 21, 1981 Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan
Dominick L. DiCarlo September 25, 1981 July 13, 1984 Ronald Reagan
Jon R. Thomas October 10, 1984 April 18, 1986 Ronald Reagan
Ann B. Wrobleski September 30, 1986 June 17, 1989 Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush
Melvyn Levitsky June 23, 1989 November 23, 1993 George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton
Robert S. Gelbard November 23, 1993 April 10, 1997 Bill Clinton

List of Assistant Secretaries of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, 1995–present[edit]

The title "Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters" was renamed "Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs" on February 10, 1995.

Name Assumed Office Left Office President served under
Robert S. Gelbard November 23, 1993 April 10, 1997 Bill Clinton
Rand Beers October 28, 1998 August 31, 2002 Bill Clinton and George W. Bush
Robert B. Charles October 6, 2003 March 15, 2005 George W. Bush
Anne W. Patterson November 28, 2005 May 2007 George W. Bush
David T. Johnson October 31, 2007 George W. Bush, Barack Obama
William Brownfield January 10, 2011 Barack Obama

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