"Mexico's Elections and the War on Drugs"

May 14, 2012

In July, Mexican voters will elect a new president. Although it's not getting much coverage here in the States --- where we, of course, have our own upcoming nationwide election to fixate upon --- the electoral race now happening in Mexico is a fiercely contested one. And one key issue in that race is whether the government should continue President Calderon's so-called "war on drugs" --- an issue that could have profound consequences for the U.S. On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with Dr. Richard L. Millett, a longtime expert on Latin American politics, policies, and military matters. Dr. Millett is Professor Emeritus of History at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where he taught from 1966 to 1999; he's taught at many other universities, as well. He's also written more than 100 articles and essays for journals and periodicals both scholarly and mainstream, and he is now a Senior Advisor for Latin America to Political Risk Services, an independent, internationally known firm that aims to quantify and rate political risk. Last week, Dr. Millett gave an address at the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations entitled, "Mexico's Elections and the War on Drugs: What Does the Future Hold?"