Accession Number : ADA536516


Title :   The Use of Terrorism by Drug Trafficking Organizations' Paramilitary Groups in Mexico


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Barria Issa, Cesar A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a536516.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 99


Abstract : In the early 1990s, Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) created their own military arms that later evolved into sophisticated paramilitary groups, now engaged in an all-out war against the state and/or anyone who represents an obstacle for their criminal activities. Furthermore, they are not hesitating to use tactics of extreme violence as terrorism to psychologically impact their enemies and those civilians not supporting them. Historically, terrorism related to drugs is new in Mexico but not in Latin America. The illegal drug trade has funded terrorist groups in Peru and Colombia, empowered criminal organizations and caused them to challenge the state's authority. An objective comparison of these cases can teach important lessons and show new paths to follow in the solution of Mexico's costly conflict. This thesis will define: How, where and why are DTO's paramilitary groups opting for terrorism in Mexico. It will outline the proper mechanisms to counter that terrorism. There is a long way to go to win the war on drugs in Mexico, but in order to apply new long term, less direct, and more social-based strategies, it is urgent for the state to set the proper security conditions in the short term.


Descriptors :   *MEXICO , *PARAMILITARY FORCES , *TERRORISM , *DRUG SMUGGLING , SECURITY , THESES , HISTORY , COUNTERTERRORISM , LATIN AMERICA , PERU , COLOMBIA , CRIMES , INSURGENCY , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , CRIMINAL CORRUPTION , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , STRATEGY


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE