Organized Crime News

Mexico Institute in the News: 2011 Drug Violence Kills Nearly 13,000 in Mexico, New Figures Show

Jan 11, 2012
The rate of drug related killings continues to increase, though at a slower rate than in 2010.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico’s Election Draws Eyes From Across Border

Jan 08, 2012
Politicians and economists in Texas observe presidential race in Mexico to how their relations may change with a new President.

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.

Mexico Institute In the News: "The importance of Mexico's elections"

Jan 03, 2012
Mexicans will go to the polls to choose a new president, new senators and federal deputies - and if opinion polls are to be believed, possibly a new governing party. A major election issue is the country's crackdown against organised crime which is now in its sixth year. It has caused violence to flare in states that are on the drug route to the US and more than 50,000 people have been killed since 2006.

Mexico Institute In the News: García Luna presentará libro sobre seguridad en Washington

Jan 01, 2012
Andrew Selee, Director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center, has been featured in the Mexican newspaper "El Diario de Yucatán". The article covered the recent visit by Genaro García Luna to the Woodrow Wilson Center on January 11th, 2012.

Mexico Institute In the News: Mexico gangster crackdown nails dozens, but still falls short

Dec 30, 2011
So many gangsters, so little time. Though President Felipe Calderon's five-year campaign has nailed dozens of crime bosses, many of Mexico's kingpins remain at large.

Mexico Institute in the News: Assailed Mexican State Fires City's Police

Dec 23, 2011
Veracruz governor fires entire police force in city as a step to get rid of corruption.

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.

Op-ed: How 2011 could be better for Mexico

Jan 19, 2011
No doubt about it, 2010 was not a good year for Mexico. After setting new records for cartel-related violence, it’s hard to imagine 2011 could be much worse. While reversing this trend will be extremely difficult, here are three things the Mexican and U.S. governments can do to help make this a better year for Mexico and, by extension, the United States.

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.

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