Global War on Drugs

When: August 6, 2009

From: 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Presenter: Dr. Ted Carpenter

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church, 107 W. Barcelona Road

Cost: $10/CIR members; $15/Non-members and Guests

Dr. Ted CarpenterDo you know “meth” from mothballs? Are you up to speed on the critical and complicated global drug problem? Do you know what burning a poppy field does to the farmer? How are the drug trade and international terrorism linked?

CIR brings you your chance to get facts, well-grounded opinions and answers to your questions.  Be prepared to back up your dinner-table arguments with data!

Dr. Ted Carpenter, an international affairs scholar with special expertise in the serpentine problems generated by the narcotics trade, is highly qualified to give you the facts.

From the coke wars in Columbia to opium crops in Afghanistan, the drug trade has wide policy repercussions and extends around the globe.  Topics discussed will include the links between the drug trade and terrorism, anti-narcotics effects on local populations, the impact of drug policies on Americans and the U.S. anti-drug trade efforts.

After his talk, he will be joined by local experts examining both law enforcement and social issues.  There will be Q&A for the audience following.

Dr. Ted Galen Carpenter is Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, a non-profit research foundation whose mission is to increase the understanding of public policies based on the principles of limited government, free markets, individual liberty and peace.  Holder of a Ph.D. in U.S. Diplomatic History from the University of Texas, he is the author and editor of more than a dozen books and innumerable articles on U.S. foreign policy in the Far East, Europe and Latin America and is a frequent guest on radio and TV programs in these areas.

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