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Mexico Institute in the News: Elite units proposed to tackle Mexico crime

Jul 08, 2012
The top security adviser for Mexico’s next president said on Friday that he is recommending the creation of elite units of police and troops who will target not just major drug traffickers but also lower-level cartel hitmen as a way of swiftly reducing violence...The Mexico Institute's Eric Olson comments.

Mexico Institute in the News: New Mexican president could target small gangs

Jul 05, 2012
Mexico's next president has boldly promised to halve the number of kidnappings and murders during his six-year term by moving law enforcement away from showy drug busts and focusing on protecting ordinary citizens from gangs. The Mexico Institute's Eric Olson comments.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico’s Telenovela President: Enrique Peña Nieto’s Saga of Scandal, Gaffes, and Connections

Jul 03, 2012
The personal life of Mexico's next president, Enrique Peña Nieto, reads like a telenovela script. It could be called "Because you know me," which was his campaign slogan, as the personal affairs of Mexico's next president have become public...The Mexico Institute's Eric Olson comments.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico’s new president faces stagnant economy, ongoing drug war

Jul 03, 2012
Enrique Peña Nieto, the current governor of Mexico State, won with approximately 38 percent of the vote, reclaiming the presidency for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (known as PRI, for its Mexican acronym), which ruled Mexico for 71 years before the National Action Party (PAN) won in both 2000 and 2006...The Mexico Institute's Christopher Wilson comments.

Mexico Institute in the News: PAN REELING FROM POOR SHOWING IN MEXICO ELECTIONS

Jul 03, 2012
“Every party has to prove itself in every election to the voters in Baja California,” said Andrew Selee, senior adviser to the Mexico Institute of the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. “Because it’s so far from central control and because Baja Californians are themselves migrants from elsewhere in the country, there’s an independent streak that is unlike anywhere else.”

Mexico Institute: June Highlights

Jul 03, 2012
Each month, the Mexico Institute will review and highlight the month’s activities and feature them here. Visitors will be able to watch the recap from our most recent events, browse our new publications, and read articles that feature key media appearances of the Mexico Institute staff.

Mexico Institute in the News: Commentary on the Mexican Elections by Mexico Institute Staff and Colleagues

Jul 03, 2012
For deeper analysis and background on the July 1 elections in Mexico, we have collected a selection of insights from Mexico Institute staff and colleagues on the PRI's rise to power, the prospects for security, economic, and energy policy, the impact on U.S.-Mexico relations and the future of Mexican democracy. This list will be continually updated on the Mexico Institute homepage as more articles are released.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico's Presidential Election Results

Jul 02, 2012
The Wilson Center's Eric Olson discusses how the results of Mexico's presidential election will impact the drug wars, the country's changing economic picture and U.S.-Mexico relations on NPR's The Diane Rehm Show.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico's Election: What It Means for US-Mexico Relations

Jul 02, 2012
Christopher Wilson of the Mexico Institute discusses the election results in Mexico and what they mean for US-Mexico relations on C-Span's Washington Journal.

Mexico Institute in the News: Kings of War - Mexican Cartels: Crime or Terrorism?

Jul 02, 2012
Whereas high homicide rates are common side-effects of drug conflicts throughout Latin America, Mexico has caught the world’s attention due to the brutality that has come to dominate cartel tactics. Despite the widespread assumption that organized crime belongs to a completely different category of threat, it has become clear that brutal violence in Mexico has many similarities to terrorism tactics. In this analysis of Mexican cartels, Antonio Sampaio cites Eric Olson’s report entitled “Considering New Strategies for Confronting Organized Crime in Mexico.”

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