Fentanyl Trafficking: The Role of Mexico and China and US Policy Responses


Nov. 29, 2023, 6pm to 7pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

First Floor Auditorium



As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West presents a lecture titled "Fentanyl Trafficking: The Role of Mexico and China and US Policy Responses" by Brookings senior fellow in foreign policy, Vanda Felbab-Brown.

The evolution of fentanyl trafficking patterns and the role of Mexican and Chinese criminal networks, as well as the policy responses of the governments of Mexico and China, are critical policy issues for our region. Analyzing the crime and smuggling patterns at the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as myths and realities of who smuggles fentanyl into the United States and how this is accomplished can help to identify possible policy interventions. Drawing on recent fieldwork in Mexico, this lecture examines the behavior of Mexican criminal groups in Mexico and analyzes U.S. supply side policy measure options. This lecture concludes with a conversation with Dr. Sara Hunt, assistant dean of behavioral health sciences for the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine, discussing the state of treatment services and the mental and behavioral health workforce in Nevada.


Admission Information

This event is free and open to the public.

Contact Information

Brookings Mountain West

External Sponsor

Brookings Mountain West