Backgrounder: Evolution of Organized Crime in Mexico

Ceremonia de presentación y abanderamiento de la Nueva División de Gendarmería de la Policía Federal. Ciudad de México. 22 de agosto de 2014., Presidencia de la República Mexicana, modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/presidenciamx/14817406378/in/photolist-ozn5FL-ozn5q5-oPPEB3-oRPywS-oRPDQN-ozmDBP-ozn9eN-oPPKcW-JvZhiW-JvZhsU-JvZhAQ-JvZhoL-oPPJLf-oRPACA-oznwTK-oRzEnr-oRzEzR-oznAex-oPPJ81-oPPGLU-oznxJc-oznz4X-ozmDwZ-ozmTry-oRzEqT-oRPyS1-ozn93q-ozn7pA-oPPJ9d-oPPEys-oPPFtU-ozmSym-oPPJpo-oRPAxW-oznwXT-oRPz5W-oRPAyC-ozn9bS-oPPDWW-oRzChe-ozn8VG-oRzDeV-oRPBt3-oRzDAM-oRPBL7-oRPyBG-oPPFTb-oznw4D-ozn9CJ-oRzDTv

Ad hoc policy responses on either side of the US border are frequently powerless in the face of the geopolitical, economic, and political forces fueling the rise of organized crime in Mexico.

Inside the Attack that Shocked Mexico City

Police line up for Mexico City's bicentennial celebration in 2010, cc Flickr Spot Us, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Dissecting the likely culprit, motives, and fallout from a brazen daytime attack on Mexico City’s chief of police.

How COVID-19 is Affecting Mexico’s Criminal Economy

Keychains, cc Flickr Diógenes ;), modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Mexican cartels are turning inward as COVID-related restrictions impede the regional drug trade.

Guatemala’s Establishment Fights Back against UN-Backed Corruption Board

TillersonMorales, cc Flickr U.S. Department of State, modified, http://www.usa.gov/copyright.shtml

After a string of early victories, the future of the Commission Against Impunity for Corruption in Guatemala is very much in question.

Honduran President Begins Second Term amid Scandal, Unrest

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez signs the guest book during his visit to the Department of State, March 21, 2017. [State Department photo/Public Domain]

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández has been sworn in after a period of widespread unrest. His first order of business will be to deflect the mounting corruption allegations hounding his administration.

The Criminal and Terrorist Threat of Narco Submarine Technology

By US Coast Guard - US Coast Guard: http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php/v/photography/080916-G-0000A-003.jpg.html, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4824492

Policymakers are still playing catch-up with recent advances in narco submarine technology.

Calderon, Nieto, and One less Zeta: Recent Shifts in the Mexican Drug War

Mexican President

What does last week’s arrest mean in the wider context of Mexico’s changing drug war?

Mexican Cartel War: Profiling an Unorthodox Insurgency

Mexican Soldiers

The Mexican state is fighting powerful and multiple atypical insurgencies, armed with virtually unlimited access to firearms, including anti-aircraft batteries, and funded by an export trade in illegal narcotics worth billions of dollars.

Mexican Elections, Terrorism, and the PRI: Cartel War in Flux?

Revolutionary Institutional Party

Examining how Mexico’s recent elections will impact the country’s bloody and long-running war on the cartels.

Latin America’s Security Dilemma

Latin America criminal networks threaten security

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.

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