Counterinsurgency and the Mexican Drug War
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The violence and corruption associated with the Mexican Drug War has garnered international attention and caused concern for U.S. national security. The actions of Mexican drug trafficking organizations DTO, as second generation criminal organizations, effectively amount to an insurgency. Should the government of Mexico fail or request U.S. military assistance as a result of its engagement with the DTOs, USNORTHCOM should employ a counterinsurgency COIN strategy. This paper will explore the history of the Mexican drug trade, define the Mexican Drug war through the examples of three cases, and provide some recommended course of action for USNORTHCOM to pursue.
- Sociology and Law
- Unconventional Warfare