Crime News

Mexico Institute in the News: Have the Zetas Replaced the Sinaloa as Mexico's Most Powerful Cartel?

Jan 03, 2012
While the Zetas now have control in more territory, their power still may not be as strong as the Sinaloa Cartel.

Op-ed: Mexican drug cartels less cohesive, more violent

Sep 29, 2011
The Mexican government, supported by U.S. intelligence, has succeeded in arresting many of the top leaders of the trafficking organizations and making it harder for them to operate. Today these groups are probably far less cohesive than they once were, but that has also made them much more violent.

U.S.-Central America Security Cooperation

May 25, 2011
Latin American Program Director Cynthia Arnson testified before the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control at the May 25, 2011 hearing "U.S.-Central America Security Cooperation." Her prepared remarks are here.

A Shared Responsibility— Citizen Security and Counter-Narcotics Initiatives in the Americas

Mar 31, 2011
Latin American Program Director Cynthia Arnson testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and Global Narcotics Affairs at the March 31 hearing "A Shared Responsibility— Citizen Security and Counter-Narcotics Initiatives in the Americas." Her prepared remarks are here.

Latin America in 2010: Opportunities, Challenges and the Future of the U.S. Policy in the Hemisphere

Dec 01, 2010
Latin American Program Director Cynthia Arnson testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere at the December 1 hearing "Latin America in 2010: Opportunities, Challenges and the Future of the U.S. Policy in the Hemisphere." Read her testimony about major political and economic trends in the region, and the challenges they pose for U.S. policy.

Op-ed: Five myths about Mexico's drug war

Mar 28, 2010
In Mexico last week, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton lamented the "cycle of violence and crime that has impacted communities on both sides of the border" and pledged continued U.S. engagement. With Washington's support, the Mexican government has been pursuing an aggressive multiyear campaign to confront criminal groups tied to the drug trade. To understand those efforts' chances of success, let's look beyond common misperceptions about Mexico's plight.

Op-ed: Security. U.S.-Mexico Cooperation: A New Opportunity?

Jul 01, 2009
The new U.S. administration probably did not expect to focus as much attention on Mexico early in the term, but it is hard to remember a period of such intense activity between the two countries.

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