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Colombia is no Lesson For Mexico (Part II)

The threat faced by Colombia two decades ago was very different to that faced by Mexico today, and the two countries' governments, by and large, have had distinct...
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NGOs: Plan Colombia ‘Cautionary Tale’ for Mexico

"A Cautionary Tale: Plan Colombia's Lessons for Mexico and Beyond," uses Colombia's lesson-learned and tries to apply them to the case of...
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NGOs Report: Colombia a ‘Cautionary Tale’ for Mexico

Several prominent Washington NGOs released a new report on how lessons from Plan Colombia can guide future U.S. policy in Mexico. The report warns against creating...
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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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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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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 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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Colombia Never a ‘Narco-Economy’: Academic

Drug trafficking has made only a minor contribution to Colombia's economy, according to one Bogota academic, who says the illegal trade has never constituted more...
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Bin Laden, the Drug War and the Kingpin Strategy

The death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan reminds us that the U.S.’s priority in the fight against criminal groups is to capture or kill their leaders. But is the...
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A Reduction in Supply? Analyzing Recent Cocaine Price Trends

U.S. anti-drug officials often claim that government policies have limited the supply of cocaine in the country and caused the street price of the drug to rise....
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US Drug Czar Moves Beyond Plan Colombia

In another indication that U.S.-Colombia relations are entering a new era, White House Drug Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske emphasized drug use prevention and...