Governance, Networks, and Drug Trafficking in North America
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The consumption of prohibited substances has been inextricably linked to human societies and each one has historically found channels to subtly control the effects of illegal markets on their political, economic, and social structures. While the consumption of illicit drugs is not a novelty, particularly in the United States, the violence in Mexico associated with drug trafficking has reached unprecedented levels with over 70 thousand killings from the end of 2006 to early 2013. From the perspective of national and regional security, the problem of drug trafficking at the US—Mexico border is becoming unmanageable and has crossed a threshold of tolerance whereby the authority of the state, particularly in Mexico, has been eroded and, in some cases, controlled by drug cartels.
KeywordsOrganize Crime Drug Trafficking Global Governance Alternative Development Mexican Government
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