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Reads of the Week: Debating COIN in Mexico and Dealing with Violence in Central America

Costa Rica El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Mexico Nicaragua Panama Reads of the Week: Debating COIN in Mexico and Dealing with Violence in Central America

In the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s recent hearing, “Has Merida Evolved? Part One: The Evolution of Drug Cartels and the Threat to Mexico’s Governance,” Committee Chairman Connie Mack (R-Fla), among others, expressed his support for a U.S. counterinsurgency program (COIN) to fight Mexican drug traffickers. Calling the cartels “a well-funded criminal insurgency raging along our southern border,” Mack said the only way to win the drug war is through an “all U.S. agency” COIN approach, which would require greater U.S. military involvement.

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Reads of the Week: Mexico’s Drug War Deaths and Organized Crime in Central America’s Northern Triangle

El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Mexico Reads of the Week: Mexico’s Drug War Deaths and Organized Crime in Central America’s Northern Triangle

There has been much debate in Mexico about the number of drug-related killings since the start of drug war in 2006. The Mexican government provides an official database that puts...

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