Monday, March 15, 2010

Speaker to address Mexico’s drug problem on March 24

Thursday, March 11, 2010
Speaker to address Mexico’s drug problem on March 24
by Staff of World Affairs Council of Dallas / Fort Worth

DALLAS — More than 16,000 people have died since Mexico’s president, Felipe Calderon, declared war on drug cartels, and violence along the Texas-Mexico border has caused the U.S. Department of State and Texas Department of Public Safety to issue travel alerts. Will the deadly drug war in Mexico spill over in to the United States? The World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth and American Jewish Committee will present Andrew Selee, director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, at noon on Wednesday, March 24. Selee will speak on “Mexico’s Drug Problem and the U.S.” The program is part of the International Perspectives Series sponsored by Community Trust Bank and co-sponsored with the American Jewish Committee.

Following his luncheon address at the Park City Club, Selee will visit Jasper High School in Plano at 2:30 p.m. to speak to more than 100 high school students on the issues of U.S.-Mexico relations and the war on drugs. Students will be able to ask questions at the end of Selee’s presentation.

Selee is director of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, which promotes dialogue and policy research on U.S.-Mexico relations. He served previously as senior program associate of the Latin American Program and as professional staff in the U.S. House of Representatives and worked for five years in Mexico. He is editor or co-editor of several publications on U.S.-Mexico relations, Mexican politics, immigration, and decentralization.

Tickets are $45 for members and their guests and $60 for nonmembers. Those who register five or more business days before the event receive an early bird discount of $5. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Council’s events hotline at 214-965-8412.

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