Merida and Integrated Strategic Solutions
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The current level of violence associated with feuding drug cartels in Mexico has become politically and internationally unacceptable, creating a fear that Mexico could become a failed state. Since taking office in 2006, Mexican President Felipe Calderon has pledged to fight the cartels and restore the rule of law and public confidence. In response to a request for assistance from Mexico, the United States funded a 1.4 billion program called the Merida Initiative that provides equipment, training, and funding to assist in the war against the cartels. This paper examines the Merida Initiative, its goals and how the program combined with other U.S. led counter-narcotics initiatives, will have a long-term impact on crime and its associated violence in Mexico. Additionally, this paper will identify the root causes of the current crisis as well as Meridas shortcomings and suggest ways to enhance the overall effectiveness of the initiative.
- Sociology and Law
- Civil Defense
- Unconventional Warfare