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Police officers patrol poor neighborhoods in Acapulco, Mexico, June 21, 2018 (AP photo by Marco Ugarte).

What Direction Will Mexico’s Security Policy Take Under AMLO?

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

As the dust settles on Mexico’s July 1 presidential election results, numerous pressing questions have emerged about how President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, known as AMLO, will redefine security policy and the future of United States-Mexico security cooperation. These questions were central to the first high-level meeting between Lopez Obrador and a U.S. delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner last week.

Lopez Obrador takes office against the backdrop of Mexico’s deeply troubled security landscape. While he identified the fight against corruption as crucial to his victory, growing dissatisfaction over public security was another important driver of Mexican voters’ hostility toward traditional parties and leaders. Nearly 29,000 Mexicans were killed in 2017, a record since Mexico started tracking murders in 1979. Meanwhile, 28 states saw an increase in homicides last year, suggesting that the problem is spreading. Worse, only 6 percent of all crimes are even reported, in large measure because Mexicans do not believe the authorities will do anything. Corruption among law enforcement personnel and in the justice sector is one important factor in this distrust. ...

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