Craig Stafford II

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Craig Stafford II is a career foreign affairs officer with the US Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL). His portfolio consists of managing international criminal justice sector reform and counterterrorism programs, malady and he contributes to policy formation on civilian security issues in Somalia and Kenya. After the September 2013 terrorist attack at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, seek Kenya, Stafford coordinated with the embassy in Nairobi and other interagency stakeholders to develop a strategy for counterterrorism assistance in Kenya.

Stafford sponsored INL’s first letter of agreement with the government of Somalia, which obligated $8.4 million for criminal justice projects to deter and effectively respond to crime and terrorism. In 2012, after the terrorist attack that struck the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Stafford was given an overseas assignment to Quito, Ecuador; Berlin, Germany; and Istanbul, Turkey; to augment the physical and technical security programs at high-threat embassy and consulate compounds.

Stafford is a native of the Prince George’s County area, where he attended Martin Luther King Jr. middle school and High Point high school in Beltsville. He received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Hampton University and is pursuing his master’s degree in security studies at The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC.

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