Drug gangs and other criminal organizations in Mexico are threatening the safety and security of people on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. On Dec. 9, a panel of experts hosted by the GW School of Business’ Center for Latin American Issues (CLAI) and the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College, explored the challenges of combating these criminal organizations, and what the United States and Mexico can do to restore security.
Jorgan Andrews, deputy director of the Narcotics Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Mexico, described steps the United States and Mexico have taken to improve security and reduce demand for illegal drugs. Luis Estrada, a former spokesperson for Mexico’s Ministry of Government, described the problems that have lead criminal organizations in Mexico to become more powerful. He also outlined the steps, such as new laws to punish firmly those who commit kidnapping or abducting crimes, that Mexico is taking to combat organized crime. Max Manwaring, professor of military strategy for the Strategic Studies Institute for the U.S. Army War College, helped to moderate the discussion.
In a first for CLAI, the event was broadcast live to Monterrey Tech in Mexico, which then distributed the program via satellite from its main campus in Monterrey to its 30 campuses throughout Mexico.
Posted by gwsb on December 9, 2010 | Filed under: GWSB News.