Accession Number:

ADA555422

Title:

The Future of Mexico's Drug War - Balancing Security and Rule of Law Against Cartel Freedom of Maneuver

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-10-28

Pagination or Media Count:

29.0

Abstract:

The Mexican government is currently embroiled in a difficult struggle to enforce the rule of law over increasingly violent drug cartels. President Calderon has deployed over 50,000 military forces and initiated significant governmental reforms but results are mixed with fatalities skyrocketing over five-fold. Likewise, spillover violence such as extortion, trafficking and kidnapping have exposed the depths of the governments law enforcement shortfalls. To defeat the drug cartel threat to its sovereignty, the Mexican government must both increase its institutional capacity to enforce the rule of law and provide security while also reducing cartel freedom of maneuver to exploit violence and corruptive influence. To a large degree, the essential elements are in place. Mexico has galvanized broad internal and international support for its efforts, but more must be done to achieve lasting results.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE