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HOMICIDES / 14 MAR 2012

During testimony before the US Senate, a top military commander said that the targeting of drug cartel leaders did not have an apparent positive effect in Mexico, an unusual admission…

JUDICIAL REFORM / 16 FEB 2012

A new report from Contralinea details the regularity with which judges and magistrates in Mexico are sanctioned for their misdeeds, pointing to the scores of bad apples in…

CARSI / 14 FEB 2012

The US State Department's proposed 2013 budget will reduce military and anti-drug aid to Latin America, including to the traditional largest recipients, Colombia and Mexico.

JUDICIAL REFORM / 13 FEB 2012

The US Justice Department will train thousands of Mexican public servants to carry out oral trials, as Mexico rushes to implement a series of sweeping judicial reforms in time for…

MERIDA INITIATIVE / 14 DEC 2011

Mexico's secretary of foreign affairs has said that the United States’ multi-million dollar foreign assistance package known as the Merida Inititative has not turned out as the country…

COLOMBIA / 29 NOV 2011

The threat faced by Colombia two decades ago was very different to that faced by Mexico today, and the two countries' governments, by and large, have had distinct aims in…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 25 NOV 2011

The trafficking of weapons over the U.S.-Mexico border is well-documented -- lesser known but also significant is the sale of U.S. weapons to Guatemalan government contractors, which are then siphoned…

DRUG POLICY / 24 NOV 2011

The annual race to chart Mexico’s homicide rates has begun, but an examination of the claim that the drug-related killings have levelled off shows the inadequacy of this measure.

MERIDA INITIATIVE / 22 NOV 2011

The U.S. announced that it would deliver a Black Hawk helicopter to Mexico’s Federal Police, honoring its commitments under the Merida Initiative, which aims to boost law enforcement in…

MERIDA INITIATIVE / 18 NOV 2011

Human Rights Watch provided a thorough critique of Mexico’s anti-crime policies, describing a growing pattern of abuses by security officials against a backdrop of stratospheric levels of violence, but the…

HOMICIDES / 11 NOV 2011

In this 213-page report, Human Rights Watch (HRW) documents over 200 cases of "killings, torture and disappearances" committed by Mexican security forces. The abuses were committed by police, army and…

COLOMBIA / 11 NOV 2011

"A Cautionary Tale: Plan Colombia's Lessons for Mexico and Beyond," uses Colombia's lesson-learned and tries to apply them to the case of Mexico.

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