Face to Face with

Dr. Shannon K. O'Neil

The Real War in Mexico:
How Democracy Can Defeat the Drug Cartels

Thursday, September 17, 2009
The Levin Institute
116 East 55th Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues)
New York, NY

6:30-7:00 p.m. Light Refreshments
7:00-7:15 p.m. Introductions
7:15 p.m. Program Presentation

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Shannon K. O'Neil

Hysteria over bloodshed in Mexico clouds the real challenge. The rising violence is a product of democratization, and the only real solution is to continue strengthening Mexican democracy. Dr. O'Neil's expertise includes political and economic reform in Latin America, U.S.-Latin American relations, and Latin American immigration to the United States. She recently directed the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Independent Task Force on U.S.-Latin America Relations: A New Direction for a New Reality. She is currently working on a book analyzing the transformations Mexico has undergone over the last two decades, and the significance of these changes for U.S.-Mexico relations.

In addition to her work at CFR, Dr. O'Neil has taught in the political science department at Columbia University, currently publishes LatIntelligence, a blog analyzing Latin American politics, economics and public policies, and is a frequent radio and TV commentator.

Prior to joining CFR, she was a justice, welfare and economics fellow; an executive committee member and graduate associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University; and a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico and Argentina.

Prior to her academic work, Dr. O'Neil worked in the private sector as an equity analyst at Indosuez Capital Latin America and Credit Lyonnais Securities. She holds a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University, and an M.A. (in International Relations) and B.A. from Yale University.

Shannon O'Neil at The Council on Foreign Relations


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