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Mexico’s Drug War: Not Another Colombia

Mexico’s Drug War: Not Another Colombia
While addressing the Council on Foreign Relations on September 8, 2010, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton qualified the situation in Mexico as “looking more and more like Colombia looked 20 years ago, when the narco-traffickers controlled certain parts of the country.” In fact, both U.S. and Mexican policymakers have proposed tactics based on the Colombian experience. However, one must closely examine the practical differences between the two countries before applying Colombian tactics to Mexico indiscriminately, since in practice many of Colombia’s crime strategies might well be ineffective in the Mexican case.

This analysis was prepared by Natalia Cote-Muñoz, Research Fellow for the Council on Hemispheric Affairs.

To read the full analysis, click here.

Belize Continues to Deny Fundamental Human Rights of Sexual Minorities
The United Belize Advocacy Movement's pending lawsuit against Belize's Attorney General has shed light on the notorious Section 53 of the Belize Criminal Code, which discriminates against homosexuals.

This analysis was prepared by Robert Works, Fulbright Scholar and Research Fellow for the Council on Hemispheric Affairs.

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The Massacre at El Mozote: Two Decades of Wounds Unhealed
COHA reflects on the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Salvadoran Peace Accords.

This analysis was prepared by Gabriela Acosta, Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs.

To read the full analysis, click here.

COHA Recommends....
El Salvador Peace Anniversary Offers Chance to Critique Blanket Amnesty Law

Elyssa Pachico's piece, also analyzing the anniversary of the Salvadoran Peace Accords, from today's Pan-American Post requires reading as well, and offers a slightly different point of view.

This article was written by Elyssa Pachico, for the Pan-American Post.
To read the full article, click here.

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