Mexico Institute in the News: Amid drug war, Mexico homicide rate up for fourth straight year

Aug 22, 2012

Los Angeles Times, 8/22/2012

A study has found that Mexico’s homicide rate rose for the fourth year in a row in 2011, this time by 5.6% compared with the previous year -- a fact that will come as little surprise to Mexicans who continue to be bombarded each morning with the latest stomach-turning details of the country’s drug war.

What is less clear, however, is what the new numbers say about outgoing President Felipe Calderon’s controversial and nearly 6-year-old  decision to deploy the military to battle the country’s entrenched drug-trafficking gangs.

The new homicide numbers “show that violence is still a really important issue,”  said Eric Olson, associate director of the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington.

“How [Peña Nieto]  is going to seek to reduce violence is an open question, but it’s still a worthwhile priority,” he said.

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