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Managing Editor Jonathan Tepperman talks to Robert C. Bonner about Mexican President Felipe Calderon's successes in the fight against corruption, violence, organized crime, and powerful drug cartels, and the continued progress necessary to establish a peaceful state with strong institutions.
Mexico is winning its death match against the drug cartels and rebuilding once-corrupt institutions in the process. But an election is approaching, and the candidates are calling for a truce. Mexico can take its place in the sun, but only if it wipes out the cartels for good.
Former Mexican Foreign Secretary Dr. Jorge Castañeda and former Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Mr. Robert Bonner discuss the consequences of Mexico's drug war and the policy options facing Mexican and U.S. officials.
Former Mexican Foreign Secretary Dr. Jorge Castañeda and former Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Mr. Robert Bonner discuss the options and consequences facing Mexican and U.S. officials. Foreign Affairs magazine hosted this event on September 29, 2010 at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mexico is currently suffering from the same sort of drug-related violence that plagued Colombia during the 1980s. Mexico and the United States can learn a great deal from Colombia's example, including that they must build law enforcement capacity and not rely solely on military force.