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Op-ed: Five myths about Mexico's drug war

In Mexico last week, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton lamented the "cycle of violence and crime that has impacted communities on both sides of the border" and pledged continued U.S. engagement. With Washington's support, the Mexican government has been pursuing an aggressive multiyear campaign to confront criminal groups tied to the drug trade. To understand those efforts' chances of success, let's look beyond common misperceptions about Mexico's plight.

NOTICIAS Winter 2014

The newsletter of the Latin American Program, Brazil Institute, and Mexico Institute

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexican Ruling Party Picks Woman as Presidential Candidate

Josefina Vasquez Mota was elected to be the presidential candidate for PAN. This is the first time a woman has been a presidential candidate for one of the major parties in Mexico.

Mexico Institute in the News: KJZZ Radio

Mexico Institute, Program Associate Chris Wilson comments on U.S. customs, border protection and the economy.

Congressional Hearings on Immigration

As the immigration debate is further discussed in Congress, summaries on the latest Congressional hearings are available through the Mexico Institute. For further information, please visit the respective Committee Hearings' websites.

Police Reform in Mexico: Can Trust and Security be Achieved?

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has announced widespread changes to Mexico’s federal security forces. As these changes begin to take shape, we spoke with two of Mexico’s leading experts on police reform to discuss the current state of reform efforts and the issues that the Peña Nieto government must address.

Mexico Institute in the News: Experts Discuss Mexico's 2012 Election Results

A polling expert says Mexico’s youth voters turned out in record numbers for the recent presidential election but their ballots didn’t boost Enrique Pena Nieto to victory. His assessment came during a Woodrow Wilson Center panel analyzing the 2012 Mexican Presidential Election results. Mexico’s Electoral Authority confirmed Pena Nieto the winner of the July 1st election with just over 38 percent of the vote Friday.

As he takes office, Mexico’s president pledges to expand prosperity-Mexico Institute in the News

In singling out unions and monopolies, Peña Nieto may be “letting some of the major interest groups know in Mexico they are not above the law,” said Andrew Selee of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute. This article also appeared on Wenatcheeworld.com.

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