Mexico’s brutal drug war has rattled that country’s sense of security, deepened its economic crisis and shifted attention from other pressing concerns. Leading journalists and scholars explore the roots of the violence, what its lasting impact may be, and how the drug war might be resolved. They examine ways that the narco-violence is affecting – and affected by – the United States. And they discuss how the U.S. press is covering the issue and what stories about Mexico we might be missing.

A panel of journalists who have covered Mexico discuss their work and their observations. They will be joined by the director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Latin American Studies to go behind the headlines and talk about the political and economic forces shaping Mexico today.

The event is jointly sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Graduate School of Journalism, both at UC Berkeley.

Reporting on Mexico: Drugs, Violence and the Prospects for a Nation’s Future

Andrew Becker, Center for Investigative Reporting
Steve Fainaru, Washington Post
Susan Ferriss, Sacramento Bee
Prof. Harley Shaiken, UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies
Moderated by Tyche Hendricks, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

North Gate Hall Library
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
5:30 p.m.