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February 14, 2013

Economics
Mexico’s Murder Rate Plateaus

Last week the Trans-Border Institute’s Justice in Mexico Project released their fourth special report on drug violence in Mexico. These reports (see the 2010, 2011, and 2012 ones too) provide some of…

TransBorderReport - LAM

March 16, 2012

Americas
Organized Crime Beyond Drug Trafficking

Harvard’s winter 2012 ReVista magazine focuses on crime and violence primarily in Mexico and Central America. Many of the authors were participants in a Harvard-sponsored working group, bringing toge…

A person walks past a glass door damaged by bullets at the police headquarters where Marisol Valles Garcia used to work in Praxedis G. Guerrero

March 20, 2012

Americas
Mexico’s Earthquakes, Past and Present

A 7.4 earthquake hit central and south Mexico today around noon, with its epicenter near Ometepec, Guerrero, but felt strongly in the capital and as far away as Guatemala. There are no reported death…

Mexico Earthquake Image- Latin America's Moment

September 9, 2011

United States
Reads of the Week: Extortion vs. Drug-Trafficking in Mexico, New Reports on U.S. Drug Use and Competitiveness in Latin America

A general view of Sao Paulo, the biggest Latin American city (Paolo Whitaker/Courtesy Reuters). A new piece by Eduardo Guerrero in Nexos looks at the growing problem of extortion in Mexico. Differen…

Reads of the Week: Extortion vs. Drug-Trafficking in Mexico, New Reports on U.S. Drug Use and Competitiveness in Latin America

July 18, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Question of the Week: China in Africa Part II

Is Chinese aid and investment a positive force for development in Africa? This is the second Question of the Week post about Chinese involvement in Africa. Last week, we focused on China’s South-Sou…

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December 5, 2011

Economics
Explaining Violence in Mexico

Soldiers stand guard in their military vehicle outside a clandestine drug processing laboratory discovered in Zapotlanejo (Courtesy Reuters). There are many theories out  there about why we have see…

Explaining Violence in Mexico

November 4, 2011

Economics
Mexico’s NiNis

Young people rest on a sidewalk as a man cleans in Mexico City (Henry Romero/Courtesy Reuters). An OECD report released this September shows that seven million young Mexicans between the ages of fif…

Mexico’s NiNis

April 7, 2011

Economics
Reviving Competition in Mexico’s Economy

In trying to explain why Mexico isn’t growing quickly, or "why it isn’t rich" as Gordon Hanson puts it in a great paper, there is much talk about economic concentration -- the monopolies and oligopol…

Mexico’s Total Factor Productivity Compared to Latin America and Asian Tigers (Source: Augusto de la Torre and Ana Cusolito,

November 15, 2011

Defense and Security
Human Rights Abuses in Mexico’s Drug War

Photographs of missing people are on display at a square in Queretaro (Courtesy Reuters). Last Wednesday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released its report “Neither Rights Nor Security: Killings, Torture…

Human Rights Abuses in Mexico’s Drug War

June 28, 2011

Americas
Evolving Views on Mexico’s War on Drugs

Supporter of the peace caravan led by Mexican poet Sicilia holds a banner during a rally (Courtesy Reuters). The U.S.-Mexico Interparliamentary Group convened in DC a couple of weeks ago, an annual …

Evolving Views on Mexico’s War on Drugs