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By Agnes Gereben Schaefer

The backdrop of a deteriorating safety state of affairs in Mexico and alter in management within the usa calls for a more in-depth exam of capability priorities and coverage innovations to lead destiny U.S.-Mexico family. to assist tell debate, this learn tested a collection of coverage suggestions for the U.S. (strategic partnership, established order, and retrenchment), in addition to capability coverage priorities that carry promise for Mexico1s defense.

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Government official, May 2008. 10 Shelley De Botton, “Mexican Police: Unify to Optimize,” Comunidad Segura, August 11, 2008. S. Policy Options Public Distrust of Mexican Security Institutions and Security Forces While trust in Mexican institutions has historically been low, confidence in the police is particularly low. 11 With crime and distrust of officials such widespread phenomena, bribery is a part of daily life in Mexico. Transparencia Mexicana, a branch of Transparency International, estimates that 8 percent of a Mexican household’s income is spent on bribes.

17 The Mexican military has been used by previous Mexican administrations to help fight the drug war and has been deployed in counterdrug operations in Mexico since at least the 1960s. However, the Calderón administration has used the military in unprecedented numbers to fight drug traffickers. 18 13 Oscar Avila, “Mexico Reels After Spate of Kidnappings,” Chicago Tribune, August 30, 2008. 14 Ken Ellingwood, “Fear of Kidnapping Grips Mexico,” Los Angeles Times, September 1, 2008b. 15 There is also speculation that the cartels are enlisting the protection of street gangs, or maras.

See Cornelius and Shirk, 2007, for a wider range of comparisons. 3 Federal and State Spending on Public Security 9 Total spending Equipment, technology, and infrastructure Billions of pesos (nominal) 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 SOURCE: “Anexo Estadístico” [“Statistical Annex”] in Office of the President of Mexico, Segundo Informe de Gobierno [Second Government Report], 2008. NOTE: Amounts for 2008 reflect appropriations only, not spent funds. 8 The remaining 33,000 officers are under federal control.

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