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New U.S. Consul Andrew Stephen Earl Erickson has arrived in Tijuana, succeeding Steve Kashkett, who left for an assignment with Southcom in Florida.
Erickson spent the last year at the National War College after serving as a State Department representative at a Marine base in Afghanistan's Helmand province. The national security strategy specialist also worked on "Plan Colombia issues" and was the senior manager at the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá.
On Google +, Erickson wrote: "I am interested in using the instruments of state power to foster peace and long term stability."
Although Tijuana's drug violence has dropped dramatically in recent years, the city is still a platform for the major movement of drugs into the United States. Last week, the city had one of its most violent weeks of the year, with nine recorded deaths. The previous week, however, there were no deaths. The U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Earl Anthony Wayne, also served in Afghanistan. Second story on Wayne.
Erickson was a political and economic counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia and also served in Algeria, the Seychelles Islands, Washington, Panama, Bosnia, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Brussels.
He is from Oakland but also grew up in "the former Yugoslavia, France, and New England."
He has an undergraduate degree in history from Brown University and a master's in national security strategy from the National War College. He has served in the State Department since 1990.
U.S. Consulate news posting on Erickson.
Update, Sept. 17: Consul meets with governor. Story, photo, Frontera (PDF).