Society and Culture

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Child Marriage and U.S. Foreign Policy

Speakers: Geeta Rao Gupta and Mary Robinson
Presider: Rachel B. Vogelstein

Mary Robinson and Geeta Rao Gupta discuss the Council on Foreign Relations report, Ending Child Marriage: How Elevating the Status of Girls Advances U.S. Foreign Policy Objectives. In the report, author Rachel B. Vogelstein argues that ending child marriage is not only a moral obligation, but a strategic imperative that will further U.S. foreign policy interests in development, stability, and the rule of law.

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Ask CFR Experts

Is it part of the U.S. anti-drug policy to sell weapons to Mexico to combat drug cartels?

Asked by Zub Merch

Under the security cooperation agreement called the Merida Initiative, the United States provides military and law enforcement assistance to the Mexican government in support of efforts to combat drug cartels and organized crime. The United States and Mexico jointly developed this agreement in response to a substantial increase in drug-related criminal activity and violence on both sides of the border.

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Teaching Note

Two Nations Indivisible

Author: Shannon K. O'Neil

In this book, CFR Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies Shannon K. O'Neil discusses how beyond the narrative of violence that dominates the headlines is a more hopeful Mexico with a globally competitive economy, a rising middle class, and increasingly influential pro-democracy voters--a country the United States should see as a partner, not a problem. Teaching notes by the author.

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Primary Sources

Obama Administration: National Drug Control Strategy

In May 2010, President Obama released the administration's first National Drug Control Strategy. The press release states that the report "establishes five-year goals for reducing drug use and its consequences through a balanced policy of prevention, treatment, enforcement, and international cooperation. The Strategy was developed by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) with input from a variety of Federal, State, and local partners.

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