Report from the field: Judicial and Prosecutor Training

Robert Donnelly, AL DÍA: News and Analysis from the Mexico Institute,* 12/3/2010

SANTA FE, NM- Shared challenges necessarily require shared solutions. And Mexico’s drug violence, which has killed tens of thousands this decade and spurred “spillover” fears north of the border, is no exception. Since 2008, U.S. and Mexican officials have embraced the rhetoric of “shared responsibility,” meaning that both countries bear blame for the violence and should shoulder the costs of resolving it. On the U.S. side, blame springs from high levels of domestic drug consumption, north-south arms trafficking, and bulk cash smuggling. Mexico is to blame for its weak police and courts, vulnerable as they are to the infiltration and cooptation of cartels, whose power has been aggrandized by certain corrupt Mexican authorities for years.

On the responsibility side of the equation, the doctrine of “shared responsibility” has manifested itself in different ways. One way has been through state-to-state judicial exchange efforts, aimed at increasing bi-national cooperation and at strengthening Mexican judicial institutions. Typically taking place in the form of trainings, dialogues, and meetings, exchanges bring together prosecutors, judges, and investigators from both countries. They help peers establish professional connections, build rapport and trust, and establish the foundations necessary for investigative and intelligence cooperation down the road. Continue reading “Report from the field: Judicial and Prosecutor Training”

Mexico to attend naval exercise (in Spanish)

El Universal, 4/7/2009

Gen. Cartwright confirmed the new campaign
Gen. Cartwright confirmed the new campaign

High-ranking officials from the Pentagon confirmed that the Mexican Armed Forces will participate, for the first time, in military exercises with the United States, in a campaign drawn up by both governments to “strengthen” the capacities of the Mexican Army in the fight against drug cartels.

The confirmation came from James Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in a conference in which U.S. Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, made known the projected priorities of the Pentagon for 2010, including helping Mexico at an “operational level” from Northern Command and at a “training level” from Southern Command.

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France offers Mexico police aid

Sarkozy
Sarkozy

BBC, 3/10/2009

Mr Sarkozy offered his Mexican counterpart Felipe Calderon help with police training and technology for gathering intelligence.

The two leaders also unveiled plans to build a $550m (£397m) Franco-European helicopter factory in Mexico.

Mexico is currently engaged in a battle with feuding drugs cartels.

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