Michael Busch, a Foreign Policy In Focus contributor, teaches international relations at the City College of New York and serves as research associate at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies. He is currently working on a doctorate in political science at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
The war on the narcotraffickers also serves as a pretext for militarizing areas of Mexico that have strong traditions of social resistance.
Part 1 of an interview with "Drug War Mexico" co-author Peter Watt.
And what is the relationship of transnational organized crime to state power?
Multinational corporations often override domestic laws.
Nor can they be checked without proper civilian oversight.
A combined Honduras police-DEA raid apparently left innocents dead.
It's not fair to blame Mexicans for portraying cartel operators as Robin Hoods when their police are often corrupt and their president's policies ineffective.
Mexican attempt to clean up corruption may not be what it seems.
Shortly after Mexican President Felipe Calderon ordered the military to deal with drug trafficking, the cartels began openly offering soldiers jobs.
The agreement signed by Colombia and the United States may drive impoverished farmers to grow coca and strengthen FARC.
Vivid memories of "Black Hawk Down" mean attacks will be confined to air strikes.
In fact, he raises the specter of civil war in Venezuela.
A suffocated economy is the least of Honduras's concerns.
Mexico's elections will determine if current President Felipe Calderon's bloody strategy of targeting cartel leaders will endure.
The most significant story in Central America right now is also the most underreported.
Ethics aside, democracy promotion in Iran would take too long to prevent an attack by the West.
The Obama administration has drunk the right-wing Kool-aid about Iran sowing the seeds of terror in Latin America.
Anne-Marie Slaughter, former Director of Policy Planning for the Obama administration, advises bypassing the U.N. Security Council and intervening in Syria.
Can Nigeria's government manage public dissatisfaction with the economy, ethnic divisions, and the violent Boko Haram? An interview with former ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell.
No economic crisis would be complete without Jeffrey Sachs's two cents.