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The Real War in Mexico

How Democracy Can Defeat the Drug Cartels

Author: Shannon O'Neil
July/August 2009
Foreign Affairs

As Mexico has become engulfed in drug violence, American observers have warned of state collapse and cross-border bloodshed. But such hysteria clouds the real challenge: the rising violence is a product of Mexico's democratization--and the only real solution is to continue strengthening Mexican democracy.

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