WHERE: 5th Floor Conference Room, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC
Mexico has experienced an intense security crisis, organized crime wave and an explosion in violent crime. In the past, scholars, analysts, and media commentators have overlooked the central role of U.S. policy towards Mexico, instead framing the discussion in terms of a battle over territory and political control between drug trafficking organizations and the state.
While drawing on contemporary debates, this event will go beyond these often limited discussions about the causes and factors which have culminated in Mexico’s most violent period since the Revolution. In particular, it will consider the role of U.S. policy, including the extent to which Mexico’s struggle against organized crime and bilateral policy have affected the security situation, and will explore potential solutions to the crisis in an attempt to foster a new debate about the role of the United States in Mexico.
Duncan Wood, Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
Mónica Serrano, Professor, International Relations, El Colegio de México
Andrew Selee, Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
Benjamin T. Smith, Associate Professor, Latin American History, University of Warwick
Mariclaire Acosta, Director, Freedom House, Mexico
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