What’s the relation between Mexico’s war on drugs and the militarization of the border region? What are the on the ground results of the billions of dollars that the US government has spent on these programs? Are they really making us safer? Join veteran Mexico City-based journalist and analyst, Laura Carlsen, and Mexican peace activist Araceli Rodriguez for a critical examination of these often ignored questions.
Laura Carlsen is the Director of the Americas Program in Mexico City, a foreign policy think tank associated with the Center for International Policy. She holds an MA in Latin American Studies from Stanford University and has written extensively on security policy and the drug war, the Merida Initiative, border militarization and violence. She is a writer and editor of the Americas Updater (www.cipamericas.org).
Araceli Rodriguez’s 24-year old son Luis Angel was disappeared in November 2009 in the Mexican state of Michoacan. Since losing her son she has become a committed activist and a leader of Mexico’s Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD).