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Uptick in Mexico ‘Confrontation’ Deaths Strikes Disturbing Pattern

A troubling new trend is surfacing in Mexico's fight against organized crime: deaths in confrontations between Mexican military personnel and suspected criminals...
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Why Extraditing Mexico Drug Traffickers Could Strengthen US Gangs

Mexico's current unprecedented level of cooperation in extraditing organized crime suspects to the U.S. is good news in the short term, but could build stronger...
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Mexico Local, State Police to Get US Training

The U.S. has announced plans to give direct aid, including police training, to local and state-level authorities in...
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Testing the Theory that More Troops Equals Less Crime

From Mexico to Brazil, sending the army to areas overrun by organized crime has become the default government response. However, this often does little to alter the...
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Why the US Doesn’t Have Mexico-Style Drug Cartels… Yet

Why are there no large drug cartels in the U.S.? The short answer is because it has lots of small ones. A longer answer might be that there are large drug cartels:...
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U.S. Special Forces Trained Mexican Troops in Colorado

In a sign of the increasing level of security cooperation between the two countries, an elite United States military unit known as the Asymmetric Warfare Group...
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As U.S.-Mexico Security Ties Deepen, Potential for Backlash Emerges

With the U.S. set to deepen its role in Mexico’s “drug war” and the 2012 elections fast approaching, the Merida Initiative will likely become a political...
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Obama Anti-Drug Strategy More Rhetoric than Reality

The U.S. government has unveiled a "new" strategy against transnational organized crime which is vintage Obama: long on politically correct rhetoric, short on...
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US Report: Takedowns of Mexico Capos Don’t Stop Drug Flow

A leaked internal report from U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that the arrests and deaths of Mexican kingpins have no bearing on the flow of drugs into the...
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US Fails to Oversee Anti-Drug Contractors: Report

Washington has paid out billions of dollars to contractors for counternarcotics operations in Latin America in recent years -- but a recent review reveals that...
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Mexico Institute: Restoring Mexico’s International Reputation

The Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars' Mexico Institute working paper on how media reports focus on the security aspects of Mexico, particularly organized crime,...
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Nexos: Army’s Presence Equals More Homicides in Mexico? (Revisited)

A look at official homicide statistics provides further evidence for the theory that violence rises in parts of Mexico where the government has sent in the military...