The Drug War in Mexico

NPR is starting a multi-part series on the drug war in Mexico.  Here’s the first part:  As Drug War Turns Into Quagmire, Fear Rules Mexico.

And never forget, it is fundamentally about the money:

In Mexico, more than 4 million people live in what the government terms "extreme poverty." For the cartels, this huge pool of the poor serves as a recruiting ground for foot soldiers in a war that’s growing more deadly every month.

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. john personna says:

    4 million seems an odd number to quote.  I see that Mexico’s population is over 100 million now.  It’s always surprising to remember that Mexico’s population is so much smaller than our own.