Mexican President Peña Nieto’s attempt to de-emphasise the fight against drug trafficking may impact negatively upon security co-operation with the United States.
Mexico’s new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, has begun his first term in office by radically overhauling Mexico’s national security agenda. This has included replacing the emphasis on military-led counternarcotics operations – arguably the centrepiece of his predecessor’s security policy – with a new focus on implementing institutional reform, curbing Mexico’s excessive murder rate and addressing the social and economic causes of delinquency. While, in time, this major
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