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Two Reasons Why Laredo Has Less Homicides than Nuevo Laredo

Aug 07, 2013
So-called spillover violence has long been a concern of residents of U.S. communities along the Southwest border, yet spikes in violent crime along the Mexican side of the border rarely impact rates of violence in the United States. InSight Crime’s Steven Dudley exams the forces behind these statistics in Nuevo Laredo and Laredo.

Zetas Leader's First Task: Hold Nuevo Laredo

Aug 07, 2013
In this article, Steven Dudley, Director of InSight Crime and a former Wilson Center Fellow, suggests the Zetas dominance over the highly lucrative drug trafficking corridor through Nuevo Laredo will likely be seriously challenged in the wake to Miguel Treviño’s capture.

Mexico: Still a Middle Class Society? - The Expert Take

Jul 31, 2013
In this Expert Take Luis Rubio and Luis de la Calle discuss Mexico's Middle Class in the context of recent CONEVAl and INEGI statistics on poverty.

Op-Eds and Media Highlights: Summer 2013

Jul 31, 2013
See op-eds and select media appearances for our staff, scholars, and affiliates.

Latin American Program in the News: After kingpin’s capture, new battlegrounds emerge along Texas-Mexico border

Jul 26, 2013
This article on the effects of the capture of Zetas leader quotes Eric Olson and Gema Santamaría, one of the contributing authors of our most recent publication, The Criminal Diaspora.

Latin American Program in the News: Guatemala: la cambiante cara del narco

Jul 26, 2013
This article on drug-related violence cites Colby Goodman´s paper, “U.S. Firearms Trafficking to Guatemala and Mexico.”

6th Edition of Oxford's Politics in Mexico

Jul 18, 2013
Mexico Institute Advisory Board Member Roderic Ai Camp provides an analysis of numerous aspects of Mexican political and economic development, highlighting controversial issues related to electoral democracy, drug-related violence, poverty, human rights, and the country's economic and political relationship with the U.S.

Alfredo Corchado On the Capture of "40" the Leader of the Zetas Drug Cartel

Jul 16, 2013
“This guy has defined the decade,” Alfredo Corchado told the Wilson Center. “He changed the dynamics of trafficking. He was a game changer. Communities have been silenced because of him.” Alfredo Corchado worked on his book "Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent Into Darkness" while a Wilson Center public policy scholar in 2010.

CBO Report: More Spending on Border Control Will Kinda Sorta Maybe Reduce Illegal Crossings - Mexico Institute in the News

Jul 08, 2013
“The return on investment in boots-on-the-ground border control is becoming less and less over time,” said Wilson. Patrols were already doubled, in both the ‘90s and ‘00s, so that today, “every additional border agent now will do less and less."

Op-ed: Let's Make a Deal - Mexico Institute in the News

Jul 08, 2013
“It’s a huge, huge buildup,” said Chris Wilson, an analyst at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. “We doubled the border patrol in the 1990s. We doubled it again in the first decade of the century. Now we’re considering doubling it again.”

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