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Fake Polls as Fake News: The Challenge for Mexico's Elections

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 18:27:39 +0000

Voter manipulation through misinformation is a long and established practice in many polities regardless of whether they are democracies or authoritarian regimes. Parties and candidates alike will frame and even distort issues to their advantage. Misinformed voters can be a potential threat to democracy if they get to know the issues through fake news: poor decision-making will follow. 

Arguments to Reform Mexico’s Anti-Trafficking Legislation

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:50:03 +0000

In the past few years, Mexico has taken a number of steps to prevent and prosecute trafficking in persons, and to protect its victims. The country’s government has signed international anti-trafficking conventions and taken some aspects of widely-accepted international definitions of this crime into account when drafting its anti-trafficking legislation.

A North American Workforce Development Agenda

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 05:00:00 +0000

North America faces an alarming skills gap that negatively affects the international competitiveness and economic performance of all three countries. Simultaneously, the United States, Canada, and Mexico are facing economic and technological transformations. This set of challenges calls for priority investment in the development of the continent’s workforces. North America’s highly integrated production and commercial networks mean that more regional collaboration is essential.

The Missing Reform: Strengthening the Rule of Law in Mexico

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:15:50 +0000

The approval of the package of widely praised structural reforms in Mexico has not had the effect that observers and policy makers were expecting. In retrospect, the approval of the reforms proved to be an easy step. Turning structural reforms into reality, moving them from paper to implementation, was where the real work lay. This book explores a new hypothesis as to why the approval of Mexico’s groundbreaking structural reforms has not been able to live up to expectations.

More than Neighbors: New Developments in the Institutional Strengthening of Mexico’s Armed Forces in the Context of U.S.-Mexican Military Cooperation

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 01:01:37 +0000

With strong commercial and economic ties cemented by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and fostered by strong bilateral political will, the U.S. and Mexican defense establishments have been drawn closer together in the past 10 years than ever before.

Why Has There Been Such an Increase in Homicides in 2017?

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 16:39:32 +0000

Homicides have been increasing (and unfortunately this trend will continue) because the federal government has decided to continue with a militarized security policy that is generated “from the top”, and that addresses the consequences/the symptoms and not the structural causes of the violence and insecurity in the country.

New Crime, Old Solutions: The Reason Why Mexico is Violent Again

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 16:24:14 +0000

The upsurge in Mexico’s violence is the result of a multi-level, uncoordinated judicial system that has been incapable of controlling criminal networks that are increasingly fractured and geographically dispersed. Today’s crisis is the result of changes in the modus operandi of criminals that are not mirrored by changes in Mexico’s judicial and police institutions. 

Behind Mexico’s Spiraling Violence

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 16:16:11 +0000

With more than 25,000 murders and an estimated average of 69 homicides per day, 2017 marked one of the deadliest years in Mexico’s recent history of violence.

Most analysts have attributed the surge in levels of homicide to the divisions and violent confrontations within and between Mexican criminal organizations, particularly the Sinaloa cartel and the Jalisco New Generation cartel. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s extradition to the United States, which took place a year ago, has also been cited as an important reason behind Mexico’s homicide spike,

Why Did Homicides Increase So Much in 2017? What Should the Mexican Government Do About It?

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 15:50:46 +0000

The wave of violence and insecurity that Mexican citizens experienced and suffered in 2017, and the deaths that it has produced cannot be understood in a vacuum. This is not a phenomenon that occurs inexplicably and from one day to the next.   The fact that over 25,000 people lost their lives in one year is the by-product of a series of events and policies that began ten years ago with the so called “war” against organized crime and drug cartels headed by President Felipe Calderón.

Mexican Security Diagnosis and a Proposal to Eradicate Violence

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 15:41:46 +0000

Eleven years ago, Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa declared a “war against drugs,” a strategy that essentially consisted of full frontal assault on organized crime, as well as the implementation of an unconventional security strategy that incorporates the armed forces and the Federal Police in public security tasks outside of their area of competence.