Featuring Ted Galen Carpenter, vice president for defense and foreign policy
studies, Cato Institute; Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy
Alliance Network; Vanda Felbab-Brown, foreign policy fellow, Brookings
Institution; and Daniel T. Griswold, director of the Center for Trade Policy
Studies, Cato Institute
About the event – As the new Obama administration surveys possible national
security threats confronting the United States, policymakers need to recognize
that an especially lethal one is brewing close to home: the increasing
drug-related violence in Mexico. Washington’s response has been to expand its
prohibitionist efforts with the Mérida Initiative, a U.S.-Mexico
anti-drug-trafficking program. Historically, however, prohibitionist policies
have had little success in reducing the flow of drugs. Instead, those policies
have led to increased turmoil and corruption.
This forum, at the Cato Institute, 1000 Massaschusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C., is funded by a grant from the Open Society Institute.