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Taking a Closer Look at Drug Trafficking

Larry Birns and Alex Sanchez of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs analyze the power of Mexican drug traffickers in their report, “The Government and Drug Lords: Who Rules Mexico?”  Arguing that the only viable solution to combating drug trafficking is further deployment of the Mexican army to relevant regions as well as the subsequent extradition of criminals to the United States, the authors analyze what they call the “Bush-Calderon drug war.” (Click here for their report.)

Sam Logan and Kate Kairies, writing for the Americas Program of the International Relations Center, present their analysis in “U.S. Drug Habit Migrates to Mexico.”  In examining the U.S. role in the cross-border drug market, the authors argue that the drug trade cannot effectively be addressed unless demand is targeted along with supply. (Click here for their report.)