Jerry Brewer has the must-read article about the region: Mexico and the Expanding Hemispheric Crime and Terror Crises
He writes about how El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Honduras, the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico coastal states, and parts of the US border are affected, along with,
In 2009 it was reported that Mexican organized crime cartels were spreading their tentacles into 47 nations, including the U.S. and Colombia. The expansion was attributed to Mexico’s military crackdown. Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho claims that two of Mexico’s most notorious criminal groups, the Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel, had expanded their operations in Argentina and were moving into sex trafficking. “I have clear evidence of the presence of drug cartels involved in trafficking that are already operating in Argentina … in many cases building links with small impoverished communities…. Both the Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel are already here. These organized criminals have begun to settle and are buying human beings,” Cacho stated.
The full spectrum of past, current and future conflict in Mexico is much more than drug trafficking. It has morphed into a transnational criminal insurgency that is fluid throughout the hemisphere. Mexico has a relatively dismal track record in implementing policing and effective security reforms and cannot do this alone.
Whereas the conundrum for the United States is that these crises also impact U.S. national security and all international partners.
Read the whole article. I had the pleasure of talking to Jerry in Silvio’s podcast last night.