Organized Crime Publications

How to Reduce Violence in Guerrero

Sep 21, 2015
Guerrero is one of the most violent and dangerous states in Mexico. In light of the gravity of the issues at hand, this article will aim to answer two closely related questions: Why did violence in Guerrero escalate over the last few years, and what can citizens and the authorities do to check the state's worrisome levels of violence? This paper is available in both English and Spanish.


Apr 28, 2015
Report on the Side Event to the 56th Regular Session of CICAD, Nov 18, 2014, in Guatemala City, Guatemala. English and Spanish versions available.

Reflections on Mexico's Southern Border

Apr 01, 2015
In early March, 2015, a small group of researchers from the Washington-based Wilson Center and from Mexico’s Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas traveled to the southwestern section of the Mexico-Guatemala border to observe developments in migration, various types of illicit trafficking, trade, and border management. In this report, each of the five researchers participating in the visit presents a short reflection based on several of these encounters.

Violence and Insecurity in Guerrero

Feb 05, 2015
This paper paper examines the security situation in the state of Guerrero, including the operation of drug trafficking organizations, and proposes possible solutions to the security crisis. This paper is a continuation of the series "Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence."

Citizen Security in Michoacán

Jan 09, 2015
This report pays close attention to the efforts and challenges of the Mexican government and civil society to work together to establish order in Michoacán, offering important insights and recommendations for continued progress to that end. This paper is a continuation of the series "Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence."

Violence and Citizen Participation in Mexico: From the Polls to the Streets

Jan 09, 2015
This paper provides a broad view of political participation in the midst of Mexico's current security crisis, with the goal of understanding the effects of violence on civic activism. This paper is a continuation of the series "Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence."

Addressing the Concerns of the Oil Industry: Security Challenges in Northeastern Mexico and Government Responses

Jan 06, 2015
The December 2013 Constitutional Reform and August 2014 secondary legislation to permit private investment in Mexico’s oil and gas sector represents significant opportunities for private oil and gas companies. While overall geopolitical risk landscape in Mexico is low, cartel-related violence and other criminal activities continue to draw concern from international oil companies and other foreign investors. This paper analyzes the Mexican Government’s response to recent threats to and attacks against energy infrastructure and personnel in Tamaulipas and Veracruz.

Plan Tamaulipas: A New Security Strategy for a Troubled State

Oct 09, 2014
Recognizing that the situation in Tamaulipas had reached crisis levels, in May, 2014, Mexico's top security officials met with their state level counterparts in Tamaulipas to unveil a new security strategy. This short report analyzes the new strategy, describes the challenging local context, and offers a few recommendations that could serve to strengthen the effort.

Homicide in El Salvador’s Municipalities: Spatial Clusters and the Causal Role of Neighborhood Effects, Population Pressures, Poverty, and Education

Jul 14, 2014
Matthew C. Ingram and Karise M. Curtis have joined together to use some innovative analytical tools to study homicides in El Salvador.