Tracking Mexico's Drug Cartels Timeline

Oct 28 2014

Normalista Unrest Highlights Mexico's Geographic Challenge

Demonstrations sparked by the disappearance of 43 students in Guerrero state put the challenges of controlling Mexico's southwestern periphery in sharp relief.
Oct 16 2014

Mexico's Drug War: Criminal Groups Splinter as Bosses Fall

Unprecedented federal successes in the fight to eliminate top-tier crime bosses continued in the third quarter.
Sep 03 2014

The Mexican President's State of the Union Suggests a Bright Future

Mexico's future for the remainder of Pena Nieto's tenure looks positive.
Jul 17 2014

Mexico's Drug War: Cartel Ringleaders in the Crosshairs

Successfully targeting crime bosses in Mexico does not ensure improved security over the long term.
Apr 17 2014

Self-Defense Groups in Mexico's Michoacan State

Federal authorities could not have racked up such rapid successes against Knights Templar leaders during the first quarter of 2014 if not for the presence of self-defense militias.
Apr 17 2014

Mexico's Drug War: Substantial Changes Seen in Michoacan

With the decline of the Knights Templar, Mexico City will focus on managing the continually expanding militias in Michoacan state in the second quarter.
Mar 18 2014

Mexico's Self-Defense Militias

In recent months, self-defense groups in Michoacan have expanded their armed campaign into areas of the state with a Knights Templar presence.
Mar 16 2014

Mexico's Gains in Michoacan Could Become a Setback

Successes against the Knights Templar could undo government progress in Michoacan.
Mar 11 2014

Central America: Cocaine Smugglers Return to the Sea

An apparent decline in aerial smuggling of cocaine does not mean the overall flow of the drug has dropped.
Feb 27 2014

Understanding the Risks of Travel To Mexico

Travelers to a country with an active cartel conflict should arm themselves with information in advance.
Feb 22 2014

Mexico: El Chapo's Arrest Poses New Risks of Violence

The capture of the longtime Sinaloa Federation leader could spark violence within the cartel or with rivals attempting to exploit its new weaknesses.

Violence related to Mexican drug cartels — more accurately termed "criminal cartels," given their expanded role in various criminal enterprises — has reached record levels in Mexico. Despite increased security operations ordered by former Mexican President Felipe Calderon in December 2006, the cartels continue to operate throughout the country.

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