Conference

Ending the Global War on Drugs

November 15, 2011 10:00 AM to 7:15 PM EST

National Association of Home Builders<br>1201 15th Street, NW, Washington DC

Featuring Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Former President, Brazil; Jorge Castañeda, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mexico; Mary Anastasia O’Grady, Member of the Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal; Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou, Speaker of the House of Deputies, Uruguay; Glenn Greenwald, Columnist and Blogger, Salon; Leigh Maddox, Board Member, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Professor, University of Maryland Francis Carey School of Law; Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance; Tucker Carlson, Editor‐​in‐​Chief, Daily Caller.

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Although the global prohibition of drugs has manifestly failed to stem the use of narcotics, it has generated enormous costs and perverse outcomes. In the United States, the war on drugs is generating alarming violations of civil liberties, weakening the rule of law, and compromising law enforcement efforts. The U.S.-led drug war is also undermining legitimate foreign policy goals around the world, including the spread of liberal democracy and an effective war on terror. This conference will bring together prominent scholars and international leaders to analyze current policy and propose practical alternatives such as legalization.

Speakers will discuss:

  • The impact of the drug war in Mexico, on the U.S. border, and in Central America
  • How prohibition helps fund terrorist groups in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and beyond
  • How Washington’s anti‐​narcotics campaign violates the Constitution
  • The effects of criminalization on minorities in the United States
  • Lessons from South America
  • The evolution of drug policy in the United States and what decriminalization or legalization would look like in practice

Schedule:

8:30 — 9:00AM Registration
9:00 — 9:05AM Welcoming Remarks

Ed Crane, President, Cato Institute

9:05 — 10:00AM Keynote Address

Jorge Casteñeda, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mexico


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10:00 — 11:05AM Panel 1: The Fire Next Door: Drug Violence in Mexico and Central America

Ted Galen Carpenter, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
Beto O’Rourke, Former City Councilman, El Paso, TX
Peter Hakim, President Emeritus, Inter‐​American Dialogue
Moderated by Mary Anastasia O’Grady, Member, Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal


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11:15 — 11:30AM Coffee Break

11:30AM — 12:45PM Panel 2: The Impact on Rights and the Rule of Law in the United State

Tim Lynch, Director, Center for Criminal Studies, Cato Institute
Harry G. Levine, Professor of Sociology, Queens College, New York
Leigh Maddox, Board Member, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Professor, University of Maryland Francis Carey School of Law
Moderated by Tucker Carlson, Editor‐​in‐​Chief, Daily Caller


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12:45 — 1:30PM Luncheon
1:30 — 2:00PM Special Video Message

Vicente Fox, Former President, Mexico
George Shultz, Former Secretary of State, United States


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2:00 — 3:15PM Panel 3: Other Battlegrounds: South America, Afghanistan, Pakistan

Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou, Speaker of the House of Deputies, Uruguay
Enrique Gomez Hurtado, Former Senator, Colombia
Romesh Bhattacharji, Former Narcotics Commissioner, India
Moderated by Ian Vasquez, Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute


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3:15 — 3:30PM Coffee Break

3:30 — 4:30PM Panel 4: A Non‐​Prohibitionist Way Forward for U.S. and International Drug Policy

Glenn Greenwald, Columnist and Blogger, Salon
Jefferson Fish, Professor Emeritus, St John’s University
Ethan Nadelmann, Drug Policy Alliance
Moderated by David Boaz, Executive Vice President, Cato Institute


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4:30 — 5:15PM Closing Address

Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Former President, Brazil


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