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U. S. drug policy in Latin America BYU lecture topic May 11

Alexandra Zwahlen Tenny, narcotics affairs programs officer at the Lima, Peru, U.S. Embassy, will speak about “Thugs and Drugs: U.S. Policy in Latin America” at a lecture hosted by the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies Wednesday, May 11, at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building at Brigham Young University.

Later that day, Tenny will conduct a Foreign Service Student Organization Workshop at 3 p.m. for those interested in foreign service.

Tenny manages a multimillion-dollar program addressing issues such as money laundering, judicial reform, demand reduction and creating a culture of lawfulness. She previously worked as a political officer in Riga, Latvia, and was a consular officer and staff assistant to the ambassador in Kingston, Jamaica. She is the recipient of several awards and recognitions, including the U.S. Department of State’s meritorious honor award and meritorious honor group award.

While attending BYU, Tenny was president of Sigma lota, the international relations honor society, and was a teaching assistant for the Model United Nations class. She graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and a minor in Near Eastern studies.

She will soon relocate to Bogota, Colombia, where she will continue as a narcotics affairs officer and run an assistance program for the Colombian Manual Eradication of Coca program.

This lecture will be archived at For more information, contact Lee Simons at (801) 422-2652 or

Writer: Mel Gardner


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