Many in the U.S. are taking a wait-and-see approach to Perez given his military background. President Barack Obama took two weeks to congratulate Perez on his November election victory, something some read as a chilly sign. "They want to sort of say, look, we're prepared to cooperate, but it depends on who is in the government, what priorities they have," said Cynthia Arnson, director of the Latin America program at the Wilson Center in Washington. "It doesn't come with a free ride."
Violence in Mexico continues to increase and spread as the drug war in Mexico continues.
Cynthia Arnson was interviewed by Juan Forero for NPR on the recent visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Latin America and his interest in the region.
Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico Updates Death Toll in Drug War to 47,515, but Critics Dispute the DataJan 11, 2012
The Mexican government released high death toll for drug war. The accuracy of these numbers is questioned.
Mexico Institute in the News: With Stake in Stability, Businesses in Mexico Help City Shaken by ViolenceJan 11, 2012
Three Mexico Institute Board Members were featured in a New York Times story highlighting the commitment of the business community in Monterrey, Mexico to help recruit vetted police forces, build confidence in state law enforcement institutions, and ensure stability and safety in Mexico’s industrial capital.
The rate of drug related killings continues to increase, though at a slower rate than in 2010.
Politicians and economists in Texas observe presidential race in Mexico to how their relations may change with a new President.
While the Zetas now have control in more territory, their power still may not be as strong as the Sinaloa Cartel.
Andrew Selee, Director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center, has been featured in the Mexican newspaper "El Diario de Yucatán". The article covered the recent visit by Genaro García Luna to the Woodrow Wilson Center on January 11th, 2012.
So many gangsters, so little time. Though President Felipe Calderon's five-year campaign has nailed dozens of crime bosses, many of Mexico's kingpins remain at large.