Key policy makers and scholars discuss causes and consequences of drug-related violence in Latin America
WATCH: Video footage from two-day conference on organized crime, corruption and drug trafficking in Latin America.
A lecture by UCLA professor of Geography Jared Diamond.
Bernardo Alvarez Herrera, the ambassador from Venezuela, says that the political crisis in Honduras and the U.S. military presence in Colombia will be pivotal issues in U.S. relations in Latin America.
Francisco Santos Calderon, a former journalist and a victim of kidnapping himself by the Medellin drug cartel, came to campus with a message: cocaine use is killing Colombia's tropical rainforests, poisoning its rivers and land with toxic chemicals used in production of the drug, and ravaging a fragile ecosystem that sustains species of birds, amphibians, reptiles and plants that can be found nowhere else on this planet.
Vice President Calderon speaks about "The Shared Responsibility Initiative: Cocaine's Ecocide in Colombia," his international campaign to create awareness of the major environmental and social damages resulting from coca cultivation, cocaine production and the intl. drug trade.