Tag Archives: Mexico

Mexico’s gun problem

Mexico is on pace for another record-setting year of murders, the third in a row, as reported here. From 50-70% of firearms recovered by authorities in Mexico are found to have originated in the U.S. One contributing factor is that … Continue reading

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Mexican federal police revolt against national guard plan

The latest public safety plan in Mexico is creation of a new national guard drawn from the existing military police and federal police. Some units of the federal police who oppose the plan have seized a command center and blocked … Continue reading

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Reducing the urge to flee in Central America

This column makes the case that reducing violence and improving public safety in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras will do much more to ease the immigration pressure at the U.S. border than the approach adopted by the current administration, which … Continue reading

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Mexico continues to struggle

Mexico’s new president promised a different approach when he was running for office — “to withdraw the military from regions wracked by drug violence and focus on education, social programs, and job creation to help young people avoid falling into … Continue reading

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Merida 2.0

This report from the Woodrow Wilson Center focuses on security and justice prospects in Mexico, where the new president has proposed creating a National Guard with law enforcement functions. Previous administrations relied heavily on the military, and on federal police, … Continue reading

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Partial justice in Honduras

Honduran environmental activist Berta C├íceres was murdered in 2016 during an attack on her home in which a Mexican activist was also seriously wounded. Eventually 8 men were arrested, and last week all but one were found guilty in what … Continue reading

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Policing in Latin America

This new report summarizes the state of policing throughout Latin America and considers prospects for transformation over the next decade. It cites demilitarization as the main accomplishment so far, but reform overall has been weak — “The┬áresult is a police … Continue reading

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