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America is to blame for Mexico's drug war. Nearly 10,000 people in Mexico have died in drug-related violence since January 2007. Who or what is to blame? Some say it is America's insatiable consumer demand for illicit drugs and the constant flow of our guns, which arm the cartels. Others believe that Mexico's own government is ineffective in controlling the trade of the drug cartels because of rampant corruption in law enforcement in the country. The US Congress, unable to ignore the rising violence spilling over the border, has approved $700 million in security aid for Mexico, and has promised hundreds of federal agents and intelligence analysts devoted to the problem. Officials on both sides wonder whether this will make a dent in the problem. Has our own 'war on drugs' been ineffective, or even counterproductive? Should Mexico's government take full responsibility for what goes on within its own borders? Should the very idea of criminalization of drugs be re-examined?

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Andres Martinez

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Andres Martinez
  • Director, The New America Foundation's Bernard L. Schwartz Fellows Program.
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Wednesday, December 31, 1969
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Steve Fishman, New York Magazine August 2, 2009

Sunday, August 2, 2009
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Andres Martinez, Los Angeles Times June 9, 2009

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Andres Martinez, Slate April 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009
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Jeffrey Miron

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Jeffrey Miron
  • Senior Lecturer, Harvard University
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Wednesday, December 31, 1969
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Jeffrey A. Miron, CNN March 24, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009
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Jeffrey Miron, Libertarianism, from A to Z August 22, 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009
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Fareed Zakaria

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Fareed Zakaria
  • Editor, Newsweek International
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Saturday, August 9, 2008
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"Sometime in the last two years, American hegemony died. The age of U.S. dominance was a brief, heady era, about three decades marked by two moments, each a breakdown of sorts. It was born amid the collapse of the Berlin Wall, in 1989. The end, or really the beginning of the end, was another collapse, that of Iraq in 2003, and the slow unraveling since. But was the death of the United States’ extraordinary status a result of external causes, or did Washington accelerate its own demise through bad habits and bad behavior? That is a question that will be debated by historians for years to come. But at this point, we have enough time and perspective to make some preliminary observations.
As with most deaths, many factors contributed to this one. There were deep structural forces in the international system that inexorably worked against any one nation that accumulated so much power. In the American case, however, one is struck by the ways in which Washington—from an unprecedented position—mishandled its hegemony and abused its power, losing allies and emboldening enemies. And now, under the Trump administration, the United States seems to have lost interest, indeed lost faith, in the ideas and purpose that animated its international presence for three-quarters of a century."

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
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Chris W. Cox

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Chris W. Cox
  • Executive Director, the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (ILA)
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Wednesday, December 31, 1969
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Wednesday, December 31, 1969
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Asa Hutchinson

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Asa Hutchinson
  • Former Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration
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Wednesday, December 31, 1969
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Tuesday, June 18, 2002
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Transcript from Hannity & Colmes, Fox News August 16, 2007

Thursday, August 16, 2007

(Scroll to page 286) Hutchinson lays out his strategy of a balanced approach to fighting drugs: enforcement, prevention and treatment in coordination.

Thursday, September 1, 2005
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Hutchinson and Judge Reggie Walton explain Congress’ decision to cut the mandatory sentence for the possession of crack cocaine which was much stiffer than that for powder cocaine.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Debate between Asa Hutchinson the former drug czar and Ethan Nadelmann the director of the Drug Policy Alliance, held at University of Arkansas.

Sunday, October 16, 2011
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An interview with the newly-appointed head of the Drug Enforcement Agency covering interdiction, supplier countries, and sentencing guidelines.

Monday, August 27, 2001
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Jorge Castaneda

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Jorge Castaneda
  • Former Foreign Minister of Mexico
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Wednesday, December 31, 1969
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Jorge Castañeda, New York Times September 13, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009
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Jorge Castañeda, Slate April 14, 2009

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Jorge Castañeda, Newsweek January 24, 2009

Saturday, January 24, 2009

US-Mexico Timeline

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Thursday, November 20, 2008
Stephanie Hanson
Monday, August 1, 2016
Shannon O’Neil
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
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Alfredo Corchado
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs February 27

American Policy

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Saturday, October 10, 2009
Christopher Sherman
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Jeff Horwitz and Dave Jamieson
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Mary Beth Sheridan
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Shannon K. O Neil
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Office of National Drug Control June

Mexico Decriminalization

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016
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Sunday, August 23, 2009
Tracy Wilkinson
Saturday, August 22, 2009
David Lunhow

Against Decriminalization

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Saturday, April 25, 2009
John P. Walters
Friday, July 17, 2009
Sarah Kershaw

For Decriminalization

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Thursday, April 2, 2009
Glenn Greenwald
Monday, August 1, 2016
Kevin Drum
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
David Stout

Guns

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
James McKinley Jr.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Vivian S. Chu

Narco Cultura

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Monday, November 10, 2008
Alma Guillermoprieto
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
William Booth and Steve Fainaru
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Susana Seijas
Monday, February 1, 2016
George W. Grayson

Mexican Police

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Ken Ellingwood
Saturday, October 24, 2009
John Lyons
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Philip Caputo
Monday, November 23, 2009
William Booth
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Steve Fainaru

Recent Drug Violence

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Sunday, March 22, 2009
Randal C. Archibold
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Ken Ellingwood
Monday, October 12, 2009
Ken Ellingwood
Friday, September 4, 2009
Ken Ellingwood
Monday, August 31, 2009
Tracy Wilkinson
Friday, July 31, 2009
Tracy Wilkinson
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Ken Ellingwood
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Ken Ellingwood
Monday, April 6, 2009
Andrew Becker
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Charles Bowden

Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016
The Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy

Task Force

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RAND

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Jonathan P. Caulkins

Drug Summary

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016
U.S. Department of Justice
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
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Bureau of Justice Statistics
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
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Bad Economy

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
William Booth and Steve Fairanu
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Larry Rohter
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Cam Simpson