The Drug War in Mexico: Confronting a Shared Threat by David A. Shirk

By David A. Shirk

Mexico's deteriorating defense scenario has brought on a few U.S. analysts to view Mexico as a failed or failing nation. whereas those fears are exaggerated, the issues of common crime and violence, executive corruption, and insufficient entry to justice pose grave demanding situations for the Mexican kingdom. The Obama management has for this reason affirmed its dedication to help Mexico via persevered bilateral collaboration, investment for judicial and safety quarter reform, and development "resilient communities."David Shirk explores the capacities and obstacles of Mexico, examines the criteria that experience undermined powerful nation functionality, assesses the clients for U.S. aid to bolster severe kingdom associations, and provides suggestions for decreasing the opportunity of kingdom failure. He argues that the U.S. may also help Mexico deal with its urgent crime and corruption difficulties by means of going past conventional courses to bolster the country's judicial and defense area potential and aid it construct better political associations, a higher financial system, and a thriving civil society.

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Any effort to legalize drugs would need to proceed with careful study, ample deliberation, and due caution. 48 In the end, treating drug consumption and organized crime as separate problems will make it possible to address both more effectively. S. S. federal government should move quickly to examine the current approach and chart a course toward a more effective drug policy. S. Policy Mexico urgently needs to reduce the power of violent organized crime groups; a prolonged failure to do so has seriously impaired both Mexican governance and Mexican economic prospects.

Shirk was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC. org), a binational research initiative on criminal justice and the rule of law in Mexico. Recent publications by Dr. -Mexico Policy Options for Confronting Organized Crime; Justiciabarómetro: Estudio de la policía municipal preventiva de la Zona Metropolitana de Guadalajara; Judicial Reform in Mexico; Drug Violence in Mexico; Justiciabarómetro: Resultados de la encuesta a la policía municipal preventiva de la Zona Metropolitana de Guadalajara; Police and Public Security in Mexico; Contemporary Mexican Politics; Reforming the Administration of Justice in Mexico; Evaluating Accountability and Transparency in Mexico: National, Local, and Comparative Perspectives; and Mexico’s New Politics: The PAN and Democratic Change.

12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. estimated $11 billion to $12 billion annually. 4 trillion GDP. 5 percent of GDP. Howard Campbell, Drug War Zone (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009); Beau Kilmer, Jonathan P. Caulkins, Brittany M. Bond, and Peter H. Reuter, Reducing Drug Trafficking Revenues and Violence in Mexico: Would Legalizing Marijuana in California Help? (occasional paper, Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, 2010). The calculation of forty-five thousand total homicides is based on official rates published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and CIA World Factbook population estimates for 2007, 2008, and 2009.

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