The Brookings Institution | 3/10/2009 12:00:00 AM
The Violent Drug Market in Mexico and Lessons from Colombia
This Policy Paper, written by Vanda Felbab-Brown, analyzes how the drug trade in Mexico should be addressed. In order to explain the problem, the paper does an analogy with Colombia and especially describes the situation in Colombia in the 1980s and early 1990s, before Plan Colombia.
During the first eight weeks of 2009, over 1,000 people have already been killed in Mexico.2 In the level of casualties, if not in the type of targets and means, the violence in Mexico is greater even than the violence that plagued Colombia in the 1980s and early 1990s when Colombia went through a similar confrontation between its drug-trafficking organizations (DTOs) and the state.
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