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

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. With an increasing inequality between rich and poor, the economy is another big election issue.

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

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, the Secretary of Public Security for Mexico to the Woodrow Wilson Center on January 11th, 2012. García Luna presented his book 'Un Nuevo Modelo de Seguridad para México' during his visit to the Wilson Center.

El Diario de Yucatán, 1/1/12

A Discussion With Genaro Garcia Luna

The Mexico Institute was proud to host a book presentation by Genaro García Luna, current Secretary of Public Security in Mexico.  Mr. García introduced his book, “A New Model for Security in Mexico,” which traces the numerous reforms of Mexico’s public security system and federal police during the administration of President Felipe Calderón. 

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

The Houston Chronicle, 12/30/11

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. Despite 50,000 dead and tens of thousands of arrests the resilient gangs seem as capable of havoc as ever.

Calderon leaves office in 11 months. The crackdown he couches as crucial to Mexico most certainly will be left unfinished. Most of the leading candidates to succeed him promise strategy changes, but their proposals remain vague.

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

The Wall Street Journal, December 23, 2011

"Mexico's Gulf state of Veracruz, besieged by warring drug cartels and weary of trying to root out drug-related corruption among local police, took an unusual step this week: It fired the entire police force of its largest city, the port of Veracruz... 

Is Rio's Tough Love Strategy Against Violence Working?

Three years after the first Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) took control in the favela Dona Marta in Rio de Janeiro, after expelled drug dealers that ran the place for years, a comprehe

Following the Money Trail in Central America: Money Laundering and Implications in Regional Security

On November 9, 2011 the Wilson Center's Latin American Program in collaboration with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation welcomed members of the Red Centroamericana de Pensamientos e Incidencia (laRED), a network of Central American research and policy organizations, to discuss their forthcoming paper, “Following the Money Trail in Central America: Money Laundering and Implications for Regional Security.” 

Criminal Organizations and Illicit Trafficking within Guatemala’s Border Communities

Earlier this year, in May, dozens of gunmen entered a farm in Guatemala’s Petén region, murdering and decapitating 27 people.  Guatemalan authorities blamed the Zetas, a violent Mexican drug trafficking cartel increasingly active in Guatemala and other parts of Central America.

The Peace Movement in Mexico: Efforts to bring justice to the victims of violence in the country

The Mexico Institute and WOLA were glad to present a discussion on the current state of narco-violence in Mexico with renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia and members of his Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity in Mexico.