Organized Crime

El Chapo Continues to Evade Capture

The infamous “El Chapo” Guzman continues to evade capture. Mexico Institute Director Duncan Wood provides perspective on efforts to find the elusive drug lord.

Follow-Up to the Investigations of the Disappearance of 43 Students in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico

In September 2014, a group of 43 students from a teachers college disappeared in the southern Mexican city of Iguala in the state of Guerrero. Their disappearance left Mexicans horrified and outraged, shocked the international community, and led to nationwide protests.

Book Event: Prayers for the Stolen, A Discussion of Violence against Women in Mexico

“Beguiling, and even crazily enchanting…Prayers for the Stolen gives us words for what we haven’t had words for before, like something translated from a dream in a secret language.” - New York Times Book Review

How to Reduce Violence in Guerrero

This paper is a continuation of the series Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence, a multiyear effort by the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Justice in Mexico Project at the University of San Diego to analyze the obstacles to and opportunities for improving citizen security in Mexico.

An Afghan Prison Break That Shouldn’t Surprise Anyone

Ghazni province, the site of a brazen Taliban-led prison break Monday, is no counterinsurgency success story for the Afghan government. This eastern region is one of the Taliban’s most formidable bastions. Several districts in Ghazni face the threat of falling under Taliban control; Nawa District already has.

Infographic: Peña Nieto’s Falling Approval

 

Security Strategies to Combat Drug Violence in Mexico

Violent Crime Plagues Businesses in Mexico

Beyond the human tragedy wrought by violent crime, its detrimental effects on businesses and economies can also devastate communities. Businesses are shuttered, employees flee, investments and tourism dry up, and budgets are skewed towards providing greater security. And while it is difficult to calculate the exact economic cost resulting from violent crime and insecurity, the numbers are certainly high.

Advancing Justice Sector Reform in Mexico

On June 26, the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute hosted a discussion about the current status and future prospects of Mexico’s justice sector reform. Since 2008, Mexico has been implementing a series of reforms that will transform the nation’s criminal justice system to make it more transparent and accountable, thereby improving the nation’s administration of justice and public security. Here are key aspects of that reform:  

Infographic: The Pursuit of Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán Loera

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