The Mexican Drug War is Not Over

The Mexican Drug War is a civil war mexico has been fighting for a long time. The Mexican government has stepped up it’s role in recent years, especially now because the war is hitting the suburbs. Mexico is going through a rough time. 43 college students have gone missing in the city of Iguala. Federal authorities have gone to the town to question a local cartel and local police about the situation.

Many bodies, mostly teenage girls, have recently been found in a river by a rich suburb town where many government officials are home to. Is there a possible connection with these notorious findings and the War on Drug Cartels?

“Residents of Mexico City’s working class suburbs have long been saying drug gangs have taken over their neighborhoods, leaving residents—especially women—vulnerable to violent crime” (Hootsen   ). A feminist NGO has reported more than 1,000 mexican women have been killed since 2005 due to the country’s civil war. This has caught the eye of many Human Right’s groups and they agree something needs to be done.

Is it possible the U.S. or another powerful neighboring nation steps up and helps the Mexican government fight this war due to pressure from NGO’s? NGO’s, especially feminist orientated NGO’s, are willing to sign off or give permission, like discussed in class, to a powerful nation to intervene.

These NGO’s might be pressuring the U.S. a little more because of their long going and current involvement in the War on drugs and weapons. Also because,  “Nearly 70% of guns recovered from Mexican criminal activity from 2007 to 2011, and traced by the U.S. government, originated from sales in the United States” (CNN). The international community is willing to step up and help the Mexicans with their long going war. Who will step up? Also, will NGO’s giving their so called permission to convince the international community to step up and intervene in Mexico’s civil war?


7 thoughts on “The Mexican Drug War is Not Over

  1. Intervening in this conflict is a really complicated issue at this point. The cartels have become so immense and influential that they have ties all throughout the region, even into the government. The amount of corruption and ties to other places makes them a formidable opponent that military intervention itself may not be enough.


  2. It is interesting to note how non-state actors can put pressure on states to change something within that country. This challenges the realist approach of focusing on the primary roles of great powers/nations on the world stage.
    But I don’t think it is likely for U.S. or other states to intervene with Mexican’s internal affairs. Unless there is a sudden outbreak of war or serious unrest in the area, the international community would leave the situation as it is, without seriously engaging to help with the situation.


  3. I also agree with the people who commented above me and also think that there should be clear standards or rules that decides when the international organization could intervene or not, for example depending on how much affection it gives to the other countries, numbers of people being killed, reaction from the its government and else. Not all the conflicts and problems that third party could intervene.


  4. I agree with the other posts. The Cartel has been operating in Mexico for a long time. Much like the issue the US faces in the Middle East, the Cartel has basically infiltrated and embedded members into society and government in Mexico. It would be a very arduous and long campaign if a super power was to intervene. Since the Cartel has little influence in other countries, largely due to border patrol and extensive check points, the US for one, does not really have any stake in bringing down the Cartel since they don’t pose a national threat.


  5. the US is already heavily involved in the Mexican drug war through Plan Columbia and more recently the Mérida Initiative. The US could have the most effect on this problem if it focused more on its own end of the problem rather than Mexicos, namely the US drug market as well as the US arms market.


  6. Whether the third party could intervene or not should be decided prudently. If any international organizations or other states step on into this Mexican intrastate conflict, it would only make bigger problems and the conflict will get more complicated. It’s better to watch them until the Mexican government find their own solution.


  7. I don´t think it´s very likely that any other state than he US gets involved in the Mexican drug war. By focusing more on it´s own stakes and interest, the US drug market as well as the US arms market as jlaufer said, they would probably make more of an effort to change the current situation since self-interest always comes first, and thereby help both themselves and Mexico at the same time. Maybe help from other organizations would also be possible although just as mako999 said intervention in this conflict will be very complicated because of the infiltration of the cartel on so many levels of the society and also problems with corruption makes it even harder.


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