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2011 Trends in Latin America: Shifting Violence

Brazil Guatemala Mexico 2011 Trends in Latin America: Shifting Violence

Latin America has the ignominious distinction of being one of most violent regions in world. Though not known for its wars or even (at least violent) border disputes, homicide rates...

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Trends in U.S. Drug Use

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The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently released the findings of its 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The report draws on data collected...

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Enrique Peña Nieto’s Campaign Book

Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto’s Campaign Book

It seems the campaign book so popular in the United States has headed south of the border. After a recent tour through Washington, DC, and New York, former governor and...

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Plan Colombia’s Lessons for Mexico

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Last week WOLA released the report “A Cautionary Tale: Plan Colombia’s Lessons for U.S. Policy Toward Mexico and Beyond.” The study is a useful reminder of the real differences between...

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Mexico on the Road to 2012

Mexico Mexico on the Road to 2012

I had the pleasure of speaking at and moderating a panel last Thursday at the Council of the Americas/Americas Society with Claudio X. González, Chairman of the Board of Kimberly-Clark...

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Revitalizing the Border Governor’s Conference

Immigration Mexico United States Revitalizing the Border Governor’s Conference

This week the Mexican state of Baja California will host the two-day Border Governor’s Conference. Started nearly two decades ago, the annual meeting brings together governors from all four U.S. and six Mexican border states to discuss the issues directly affecting their states and citizens. At its height in the early 2000s, the governors and their ministers met not just with each other but also with representatives from Commerce, Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other departments and agencies to influence border-centered debates in both Washington, DC and Mexico City.

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Reads of the Week: The Latin American Soybean Boom, Mexican Security Spending and U.S. Drug Markets

Brazil Mexico Reads of the Week: The Latin American Soybean Boom, Mexican Security Spending and U.S. Drug Markets

A recent article by Mariano Turzi argues that soy is the most recent of Latin America's commodity booms, creating many of the same challenges that metals, minerals, and oil brought in the past. Whether economic booms and busts, populist leaders, or fights between more powerful (e.g. Brazil) and weaker (e.g. Paraguay, Uruguay, and Bolivia) nations in the supply chain, Turzi worries about the fallout for the Southern Cone and its future.

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Reads of the Week: Extortion vs. Drug-Trafficking in Mexico, New Reports on U.S. Drug Use and Competitiveness in Latin America

Argentina Brazil Chile El Salvador Guatemala Mexico United States Venezuela Reads of the Week: Extortion vs. Drug-Trafficking in Mexico, New Reports on U.S. Drug Use and Competitiveness in Latin America

A new piece by Eduardo Guerrero in Nexos looks at the growing problem of extortion in Mexico. Differentiating it from drug trafficking, he finds it more brutal and violence, and argues it is on the rise for three reasons: fragmentation of cartels, displacement of crime rings (and their response to expand into new territories), and finally rampant impunity for such acts.

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Demand Side Policies in the U.S. War on Drugs

Brazil Colombia Mexico United States Demand Side Policies in the U.S. War on Drugs

The “drug war” strategy of the last four decades revolves primarily around supply side measures. Whether eradication, interdiction, or arrests, it fixates on stopping the seemingly endless flow of drugs and cash across U.S. borders. But there is obviously another side to the equation – U.S. demand. The United States is the largest consumer of drugs across the globe (though there are signs that the cocaine and marijuana markets in Europe and the developing world are catching up) with 1 in every 7 Americans having tried an illegal substance.

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