Why Harvard Should Not Welcome Felipe CalderonWhy Harvard Should Not Welcome Felipe Calderon1 year ago in Scraps
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By Guest Writer
The following is a guest post by Marion Lloyd, a higher-education researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a graduate of Harvard College. She is a former correspondent in Mexico for The Boston Globe, the Houston Chronicle, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
After a failed bid to secure a position at the University of Texas, the departing president of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, will spend the next year as a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The fellowship will provide a relatively safe haven for Mr. Calderón, who is a target of death threats from Mexican narcotics gangs, and vituperation from angry citizens, as a result of his six-year “war” on the country’s drug cartels. Estimates of the number of people killed in the violence range from 47,000 to nearly 100,000.
Last week’s announcement by the Kennedy School came shortly before Mr. Calderón handed over power to Enrique Peñ