Dallas Institute Open Discussion on Mexican Drug Wars

3 10 2011

On October 6, 2011, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture’s Institute 100 will present a program entitled “The Mexican Drug Wars” by Brookings Institution Fellow Dr. Vanda Felbab-Brown, a leading expert on drug interdiction efforts and counter-insurgency.  For more information click thru.

From Press Release:

“This is a unique and anticipated event because marks the opening of our Institute 100 programs to the public,” says Dr. Larry Allums, Executive Director of The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.

“Dr. Felbab-Brown is one the nation’s foremost minds in the research of military conflict, illicit economies, and narcotrafficking.  She has traveled around the world to conduct fieldwork in war zones and countries rife with narcoguerilla warfare.  With the political unrest currently seen in Mexico, her presentation on the Mexican Drug Wars promises to be one of a kind.  I urge anyone who has an interest in international relations to join us on the 6th.” Dr. Felbab-Brown is an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and a Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. She is the author of Shooting Up: Illicit Economies and Military Conflict, which analyzes the relationship between military conflict and illicit economies, such as the production and trafficking of narcotics. With key implications for counterinsurgency strategies, her work challenges the conventional narcoguerrilla theory and shows that belligerent groups’ exploitation of illicit economies increases not only their financial resources, but also their political capital from local populations. She has been exploring these dynamics in the cases of Mexico, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Columbia, Peru – countries in which she has carried out fieldwork — and also in the cases of India, Turkey, and Northern Ireland. Dr. Felbab-Brown has her Ph.D. in political science from MIT and her B.A. in government from Harvard University.

The Mexican Drug Wars presentation and discussion will be preceded by a reception in the Institute house. Admission for the lecture is free for Institute Patron Members and above, $75 for guests of Patron Members and above, $100 for other Institute members, $125 for nonmembers, and $35 for Member Teachers. To register, visit www.DallasInstitute.org, or call Victoria Eiker, (214) 981-8803.

 The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization with a 20-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders.  Created in 1980, The Dallas Institute is a center for creative and intellectual exchange, providing enriching programs for the public that are grounded in the wisdom of the humanities, laying the foundation for Dallas to realize its full potential for cultural excellence.   The Dallas Institute is located at 2719 Routh St., Dallas, Texas 75201.  For information, call (214) 871-2440, or visit www.DallasInstitute.org.

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