Mapping Mexico’s deadly drug war

July 1, 2015

07/01/15 Science

mexican drugsOn 11 December 2006, former Mexican President Felipe Calderón deployed troops to fight the country’s increasingly powerful drug cartels, plunging Mexico into a war in which more than 100,000 people have been killed or disappeared. Now, a new study uses statistics and complex networks analysis to reveal the patterns by which violence spread across the country between 2007 and 2011—the last year for which records are available. The results may contribute to the debate about how effective the government’s policy of attacking cartel leaders has been in reducing violence, experts say.

This approach “represents an attempt to reveal the actual dynamics of drug violence [and demonstrates] how the conflict actually unfolds and evolves,” says Michael Lawrence, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Waterloo in Canada, whose work has focused on the application of complexity science to issues of conflict and security and who was not involved in the research.

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Coca-Cola And Pepsi Face Serious Security Problems In Guerrero Mexico

July 1, 2015

07/01/15 Forbes

guerreroNine months after the disappearance of 43 students in the town of Iguala in southwestern Mexico, Coca-Cola KO -0.43% has decided to shutter its facility in the nearby municipality of Arcelia, due to ongoing security problems. As I explained in a recent article for Fusion, “Citing concerns for the safety of its employees, Coca-Cola has decided to permanently shutter a storage facility in Arcelia, Guerrero, laying off 120 workers and eliminating one of the few sources of formal-sector jobs in the area.” Guerrero, the state where Iguala is located, presents a unique security challenge for multi-national companies due to high levels of poverty, low levels of development, and the presence of a noxious mix of organized crime groups, armed citizens militias, and militant student organizations.

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Mexico Corporate Security 2015 Forum To Bring Together Senior Security Representatives

June 25, 2015

6/24/15 US Source Security

security_lockMexico is currently undergoing major reforms to the energy, telecommunications, education, and financial sectors and the Government is opening the door to $50 billion of international investment by 2018 in the wake of these reforms, but this boost in the economy is menaced by serious security risks. Companies wanting to benefit from the huge investment opportunities offered by Mexico must ensure their corporate security is thoroughly evaluated, planned and executed.

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Upcoming Event! Advancing Justice Sector Reform in Mexico

June 23, 2015

justice - gavel and bookWHEN: Friday, June 26, 9:30-11:00am

WHERE: 5th Floor Conference Room, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC

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Mexico’s deadline to fully implement new, adversarial criminal trial procedures is less than one year away. The government of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has pushed strongly to comply with the constitutionally mandated shift to the new criminal justice system by June 18, 2015, particularly in light of the country’s ongoing security challenges. Together with the University of San Diego’s Justice in Mexico program, the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will host a panel discussion to examine current efforts to implement the new reforms. The discussion will include a presentation of recent survey data on the views of judges, prosecutors, attorneys, and police, as well as insights from a delegation of visiting law professors attorneys from Mexico’s National Autonomous University as part of the Oral Advocacy Skill-building Immersion Seminar (OASIS) funded by the Mérida Initiative. This program will be conducted in English and Spanish.


“Justice in Mexico: The Road Traveled and the Road Ahead”
David Shirk, Global Fellow, Mexico Institute; Professor, University of San Diego

“Progress Report: Judicial Reform Implementation in Mexico”
Octavio Rodriguez, Esq., Coordinator, Justice in Mexico, University of San Diego

“La preparación de la próxima generación de abogados en México”
Leoba Castañeda, Dean, Law School, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

“Algunos retos para el nuevo sistema penal”
Alberto Del Castillo Del Valle, Professor, Law School, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México


Daniel Schneider, Professor, School of International Service, American University

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The Ex-President of PRI-Jalisco has been Executed / Ejecutan a ex presidente de PRI-Jalisco

June 19, 2015

6/19/15 Reforma

youth with handgunJavier Galván, ex-president of the PRI-Jalisco, was assassinated this morning on the Colonia Guevara Beltway in Guadalajara. The attack against the ISSSTE delegate reportedly came from a van around 9:15 this morning on Angulo, between the streets Ontario and López Mateos. Testimonies made to the authorities indicate that the aggressors fled the scene in a moving vehicle, escaping towards López Mateos.
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Immigration agent gunned down in central Mexico

June 19, 2015

6/19/15 Fox News Latino

Mexican Police officer with machine gun by flickr user dream2lifeAn immigration agent was shot dead while traveling in her automobile in Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, the National Migration Institute, or INM, said. Marisol Moran was murdered in the city of Naucalpan on Wednesday, the INM said.

“We are profoundly saddened by the death” of the immigration agent, the federal agency said in a statement.

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21 Gang members arrested in northeastern Mexico

June 19, 2015

6/18/15 Fox News Latino

APTOPIX Mexico Election ViolenceMexican Federal Police officers and Tamaulipas state police arrested 21 gang members in Rio Bravo, a town near the U.S. border, the Tamaulipas Coordination Group said. A tip from the public led police to a house in Rio Bravo’s Del Carmen district, where they captured the suspects, the agency said in a statement. Police seized 110 kilos of marijuana, 10 rifles, 3,035 rounds of ammunition, fuel, five vehicles and other gear.Leonel Landeros Calvo, the gang’s suspected leader, and two suspects who attacked a Federal Police station in Tamaulipas were among those arrested, the agency said.

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