Mexico and the Drug Wars

Francis Fukuyama


One of the most obvious policy initiatives that the United States could undertake right now is is to seriously up the amount of help being given Mexico to bolster security along the US-Mexican border and to help to reform the Mexican judicial system.  We started this process last year with the Merida Initiative, but the latter needs to be expanded and better funded right now.  This is what they call a no-brainer.


The drug war in Mexico that has been in the news recently started due to the personal commitment undertaken by Mexican President Felipe Calderόn to eliminate the influence of narco-traffickers after his election in December 2006. The war has been fought in cities like Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez right on the American border, as well as in southern states like Sinaloa and Guerrero. Since the current war began in early 2007, nearly 10,000 people have been killed, 6,286 of them in 2008 alone.

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