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Oct 06

Mexico & the Drug Cartels: Crime, Insurgency, and U.S. Security

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On September 8, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reignited the continuing debate about Mexico and its war against deadly drug cartels. In response to an unscripted question, the Secretary likened the drug cartels to an insurgency and added “it’s [Mexico] looking more and more like Colombia looked 20 years ago.” These remarks evoked an instant rejection of the Colombia analogy from senior Mexican officials and President Obama. Yet, Secretary Clinton’s comments served to widen discussion regarding the gravity of the threat the drug cartels pose to Mexico’s stability and democratic governance.

Beith and Grayson will focus on the world’s most ruthless criminal organizations and the threat they pose to Mexico’s governability. Presenters and panelists will also comment on the effectiveness of current U.S. counter-drug assistance, future steps beyond the Merida Initiative, and the impact of Mexican drug violence on the 2012 Mexican presidential contest. Both authors will be available to sign copies of their recent books.

More About the Speakers

Featuring Malcolm Beith
Freelance Journalist, Author and former Editor at Newsweek International

George W. Grayson, Ph.D.
Class of 1938 Professor, Department of Government, College of William & Mary

Followed by a panel discussion featuring

Eric Olson
Senior Associate, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center

Jena Baker McNeill
Policy Analyst in Homeland Security, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Hosted By

Ray Walser, Ph.D. Ray Walser, Ph.D.

Senior Policy Analyst Read More