Mexico’s War on Crime: A Decade of (Militarized) Failure

12/6/16 InSight Crime

Latin America's Economic Imperative: Felipe CalderonThis week marks ten years since Mexico‘s government embarked on a militarized campaign against the country’s criminal organizations, but while many criminal leaders have been captured or killed, a decade of confrontation has failed to substantially improve the nation’s security situation. On December 11, 2006, days after being sworn in, Mexico‘s then-President Felipe Calderón announced that his administration was deploying thousands of federal troops to combat organized crime in his home state of Michoacán.

Interior Minister Francisco Javier Ramírez Acuña said at the time that “the battle against organized crime is only just beginning, and it will be a fight that will take time.” Ten years later, Michoacán remains one of Mexico‘s most violent states.

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