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The dramatic capture of Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman is the end of an era for Mexico’s underworld. The new normal may be an increasingly chaotic criminal terrain, and, facing a more coordinated Mexican security strategy, the next generation of criminal groups may find it impossible to replicate the empire Guzman created.
If Mexico's government thinks that "legalizing" vigilante groups in the embattled state of Michoacan will solve its citizen security problems, it should have a closer look at the three other countries in the region -- Colombia, Guatemala and Peru -- that tried similar projects under similar circumstances with dreadful results.
A recent article in the Washington Post about the CIA's participation in the precision bombing of FARC guerrilla leaders undermined some aspects of Colombia's new narrative about the prowess of its security forces. However, it also illustrated an important difference between the US and Colombian approaches that may prove to be more important than anything Washington can offer.