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Organized Crime, Drug Trafficking, and Violence in Mexico


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1.Introduction: Historical Context and Influential Factors 2.Felipe Calderon's War on Drugs: an Examination of the Counternacrotics Strategies 3.The Bloodbath: the Results of the Drug War during the Calderon Administration 4.The Enrique Pena Nieto Government: Drug War Strategies and Their Consequences 5.Failed States within Mexico: Problematic Zones for the Pena Nieto Government 6.Organized Crime and the Prison System: Hell on Earth 7.Reforms, Challenges, and Policy Proposals

About the Author

Jonathan D. Rosen is a research scientist at Florida International University's Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy. Roberto Zepeda is a researcher at the Centro de Investigaciones sobre America del Norte at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico.


The most comprehensive book on Mexico's contemporary security challenges and possible policy available. A wealth of information simplified into a brilliantly written work of scholarship. A must read. -- Hanna S. Kassab, Northern Michigan University
Organized Crime, Drug Trafficking, and Violence is an excellent synthesis of the evaluation of organized crime related to drug trafficking and the war that President Calderon declared in 2006. The result was a significant increase in violence. Six years after the change in government Enrique Pena Nieto came to power and decided to try to change the strategy without success. The authors argue that within Mexico there are some states, in fact, that are failed states because the government's efforts to dismantle the drug cartels were not successful. The book is an excellent analysis for better understanding 10 years in which Mexico has applied the strategy of the war on drugs. -- Raul Benitez-Manaut, Center for Research on North America (UNAM)

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