The Geopoliticalmonitor’s Christopher S. Ljungquist places last week’s arrest in the wider context of Mexico’s changing drug war.
The Geopoliticalmonitor’s Christ Ljungquist examines how Mexico’s recent elections will impact the country’s bloody and long-running war on the cartels.
FARC has been severely hit by the killing of its leader Alfonso Cano, but it has proven to be a resilient and adaptive insurgent movement and is unlikely to demobilize any time soon. For the Colombian conflict to be resolved, political measures will be crucial.
Across Latin America, governments are hailing security gains against organized criminal groups. Yet in spite of more arrests, criminal networks are stronger and criminality just as pervasive, suggesting that another reality lies behind the numbers.
As Russian President Dmitry Medvedev prepares to make an appearance at the NATO summit taking place November 19-20, Russian officials are pushing for the Alliance to demonstrate a greater spirit of cooperation with Moscow in combating drug production in Afghanistan.
Hired assassins in Mexico are willing to work for suppressed wages not so much out of economic desperation but because murder-for-hire has proven to be a gateway to more lucrative criminal activity. Factor in the uncontrollable flow of arms and the unlikelihood of criminal prosecution, and the assassination business is booming.