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Relatives of the 43 missing students from the Isidro Burgos rural teachers college march holding pictures of their missing loved ones, Mexico City, Dec. 26, 2014 (AP photo by Marco Ugarte).

The Hidden Factors Behind Resurging Violence in Mexico

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The leaders of Mexico, Canada and the U.S. are gathering today for the final so-called Three Amigos summit of Barack Obama’s presidency. While clean energy targets and other issues will be high on the agenda, so too will the longstanding challenge of reining in the violence associated with transnational drug trafficking, particularly in Mexico.

Cooperation with the U.S. on this issue has been a source of tensions under the administration of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who distanced his country’s security forces from their American counterparts. That trend was partly reversed in the high-profile January 2016 arrest of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman following his second prison escape the previous July. ...

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