At a Crossroads with Mexico

The U.S.-Mexican relationship is at an important crossroads. Congress is debating the issue of immigration reform. New developments in the war on drugs have prompted questions about cooperation with Mexico. President Peña Nieto has adopted a plan for reform that provides the United States an opportunity to support its southern neighbor and solidify relations. At the same time, however, China is busy spreading its own influence in Mexico.

Moving Away From “War” in the Drug War

On August 30, 2012, Posted by , In Latin America, By ,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Moving Away From “War” in the Drug War

  A recent study of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict between 1987 and 2004 shows a reduction in the number of terrorist attacks following the enactment of humanitarian policies. The study provides some evidence to the argument that terror attacks can be reduced through “incentivizing peace rather than punishing violence.” These results…

Drug War Vigilantes and the Rule of Law

On June 7, 2012, Posted by , In Latin America, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Drug War Vigilantes and the Rule of Law

During the middle of last month, Honduran and U.S. forces conducted a major drug bust that recovered a half-ton of cocaine in the river town of Ahuas. The morning following the raid, four homes were set ablaze by villagers retaliating against the people in their community who worked for the drug trafficking…

Addressing Drug War Migration Patterns

On March 20, 2012, Posted by , In Latin America,North America, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Addressing Drug War Migration Patterns

When thinking security threats in Latin America, one has to think about the bloody war on drugs raging in Mexico. Although Mexico is currently the battle arena of the war on drugs, Colombia previously held that position.  At the time, the United States and Colombia worked together militarily to combat…