Sending in the Military: Not a Long-Term Solution to Mexico’s Security Problems

The recent security crisis in Mexico suggests a repetition of past strategies that have been ineffective at reducing crime and violence. Mexico’s experience has shown that deploying the military cannot be a substitute for building police forces that fight crime with the population’s trust and cooperation. Deploying soldiers for tasks they have not been trained to handle in an environment permissive of abuse has only resulted in human rights violations.

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