The two battles of Culiacan provide a window into the ongoing process of military reform and reorganization which speaks to a deeper and more existential conflict between the Mexican Government and Organized Crime. Beneath the surface of a struggle for law and order there is a wider confrontation over the total order of affairs in Mexico.
Latin America’s historical narrative is intricately woven with the complex interrelationship between armed forces and politics. From the authoritative reign of 19th-century figures like Juan Manuel de Rosas to the military’s political prominence in the 20th century, the region’s trajectory has been profoundly shaped by this alliance. The shift towards democracy during the 1980s curtailed direct military influence, although discussions on their role endure. Present-day challenges, exemplified by the rise of organized crime, have propelled armed forces into new roles. Peru and Mexico serve as pertinent examples, where armed actors with economic and military clout challenge state authority. Governments are now recalibrating the role of armed forces to strike a harmonious balance between security imperatives and democratic governance. This article delves into these nuances, spotlighting Peru and Mexico as illustrative case studies within this intricate framework.
The article discusses the most recent developments at the U.S.-Mexico border, especially in light of the expiration of Title 42, which might present a whole new set of challenges for both administrations. U.S. Congress will keep a keen eye on President Biden’s moves in terms of immigration, a highly contentious issue in U.S. politics, while President Lopez Obrador has given to other issues affecting Mexico, which might suggest that the two countries are not in agreement as to the urgency of the issue.
“Ni Una Más”, the feminist movement fighting for women’s right, sheds light on the violence that threatens Mexican women, and the ties between femicides and culture.
Mexico City used to look a lot like Venice, so why is it now facing a water crisis? In this article we will explore the factors that have created the crisis, and discuss possible solutions with Andrea Lefranc, our local source in the heart of the city.