On March 19, I joined KUER's Radio West to discuss the drug war in Mexico in the aftermath of the deaths of three people — two of them US citizens — associated with the US consulate in Ciudad Juarez.
I participated in a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) conference call about the current situation in Ciudad Juarez and the broader challenges confronting Mexican authorities in their fight against drug trafficking organizations. The CFR podcast is available here.
Three weeks ago, Reynosa, Mexico–just across the Rio Grande from McAllen, Texas–exploded in violence. The Zetas and the Gulf cartels, once allies, began what may become a fight to the death. The turf war over a lucrative passageway to the United States reportedly claimed over one hundred lives, though no official headcount is available, as observers bemoan the lack of official presence–the local government as well as the army. Read more »
The United States has always seen Brazil as a significant regional powerhouse, but its perceived importance has risen in the last decade. Due to Brazil’s economic strength, its hemispheric leadership, and its growing geostrategic role through multilateral international forums, it has become a vital player in both regional and global politics across numerous dimensions. While US recognition of Brazil’s political and economic emergence brought the question of how Washington should manage relations with Brasilia to the fore, the ability to translate this new awareness into concrete bilateral policies and partnerships remains difficult. Whether the US and Brazil will be willing and able to form a ‘special relationship’ remains unclear. Read more »
Latin America’s Moment looks at economic, political, and social issues and trends throughout the Western Hemisphere.