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Counternarcotics Policy

Gulf Cartel (CDG) drug kingpin Juan Manuel Rodriguez Garcia is being escorted by police during a presentation at the Attorney's General Office hangar in Mexico City (REUTERS/Tomas Bravo).


Improving Anti-Crime Policy in Mexico

October 27, 2014, Vanda Felbab-Brown

Vanda Felbab-Brown argues that Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has correctly identified reducing criminal violence as a key priority, but his policing and police reform efforts remain inadequate and fail to correct many of the interdiction problems of the Calderón era. Furthermore, the administration’s socio-economic anti-crime program remains amorphous and inchoate, and risks wasting resources. To correct these deficiencies, Felbab-Brown provides a series of recommendations.

  • Past Event

    Shifting Strategies on Drug Policy

    September 22, 2014

  • Book Chapter | Ohio University Press

    Crime, Low-Intensity Conflict and the Future of War in the Twenty-First Century

    July 10, 2014, Vanda Felbab-Brown

  • Report | LSE IDEAS

    Improving U.S. Supply-Side Drug Policies

    May 7, 2014, Vanda Felbab-Brown

  • In the News

    [North Korea's economic changes] suggest it is not under as much pressure from sanctions as before, and that the [Kim] regime has proved to be very good at adapting to international financial pressure.

    April 21, 2014, Sheena Chestnut Greitens, FoxNews
  • Presentation | The Woodrow Wilson Center

    The Political Capital of Crime Groups in Mexico and the Politics of Anti-crime Measures

    April 16, 2014, Vanda Felbab-Brown

  • In the News

    Methadone is an opioid and [meth] amphetamine is a stimulant — they are made with different materials and have different effects — so you could easily have a situation in which both are popular. Medicine shortages and lack of availability of health care in North Korea also contribute to the popularity of illicit drugs.

    March 26, 2014, Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Global Post
  • In the News

    The overwhelming preponderance of evidence for years pointed to official North Korean involvement [in international drug trade]. The triads, the Yakuza in Japan — the question was one of control...It was an arrangement for mutual benefit, and it lasts as long as is convenient for both sides. These were high-quality, chemically pure shipments that were professionally packaged and shipped in large quantities. That was the defining trait of North Korean meth seizures from the late ‘90s to around 2005.

    March 18, 2014, Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Vice News
  • Opinion

    Asia’s ATS Epidemic: The Challenges for China

    March 2014, Yong-an Zhang

  • In the News

    [Methamphetamine] is a product you can make in bathtubs or trailers. You have a wide range of people involved in production and trafficking [in North Korea].

    January 27, 2014, Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Los Angeles Times

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