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Is the US AWOL in the 'war on drugs' in Latin America?
panel discussion, Washington, DC, 17 June 2014)-
On Tuesday, AEI hosted a discussion on the impact of rampant organized crime in Mexico and Central America, fueled by US demand for illegal drugs. In his keynote address, Representative Matt Salmon (R-AZ), chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, argued that the United States has been AWOL in Latin America for far too long; we should be much more engaged in this hemisphere than anywhere else, as it is right on our doorstep.
Richard J. Douglas
argued that the United States is not seen as a reliable partner in the Western Hemisphere and must become one in order to build better relationships with Latin American countries. Iñigo Guevara added that Mexico, Colombia, and the United States need to work together to combat drug trafficking, and the Central American Armed Forces Conference is the best institution to initiate this triangular collaboration.
Jerry Brewer Sr
. wrapped up the event by noting that the police force in Mexico must be trained by the United States on tradecraft and surveillance; battling espionage-like tradecraft by the drug cartels is far
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