Article Review : Reducing Drug Cartel Violence

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To: Mexican Security Cabinet From: Carlos V. Peña Date: 4/16/2016 Subject: Reducing Drug Cartel Violence in Mexico Executive Summary: President Calderon’s “Drug War” has led to a massive increase in drug cartel violence. Government efforts have come up short to the initial expectations as cartel presence and power has increased across Mexico. The lack of quality education and the weakness of Mexico’s Rule of Law have pushed thousands of Mexicans towards delinquency. The Reformation of the Education Sector, the strengthening of the Rule of Law, and the Federalist reformation of the Police Force are vital to the prosperity of Mexico. Today, the social and political situation of Mexico has created an environment where these policies are a…show more content…
to change its gun or drug laws.) Rise of Drug Cartel Violence in Mexico In 2006, the closest election in Mexican history was defined by a 0.56% margin in favor of President Felipe Calderon. Calderon portrayed himself as the new face of the Partido Accion Nacional (PAN) and as a President willing to have a strong arm against criminal organizations. Throughout his campaign, Calderon, emphasized how the rights of millions of Mexicans had been kidnapped by criminal organizations throughout Mexico . Calderon prioritized rule of law and the war against drugs since he considered them the most important obstacles Mexico needed to face to become a developed country. In 2006, Calderon launched a war against drug cartels determined to eliminate these criminal organizations that had corrupted many parts of the Mexican society. For decades, the life’s of Mexicans in the states of Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Durango, Sinaloa, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Guerrerro, Michoacan, had been shaped and affected by the many drug trafficking organizations located in these regions. For many, this change in policy represented a hope for millions of Mexicans who wished to live under rule of law and away from a society governed by criminal organizations. Since 2006, Mexico’s government has fought to reach the international norm of having the monopoly of security within its borders. Throughout the 20th century Mexico’s police forces were known to be linked
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