Mexico: Self-Defense Vigilantes or New Crime Gangs Under a Cloak? | Brookings Institution.

Mexico: Self-Defense Vigilantes or New Crime Gangs Under a Cloak?

Amidst intense and shifting criminal violence, which since 2006 has resulted in the death of between 80,000 and 100,000 people in Mexico…

This article explores the security and political effects of militia forces in Afghanistan and Mexico. From these case studies, it draws lessons for how to engage with militia forces more effectively and presents broader implications for U.S. foreign policy. In Afghanistan, building up militia forces has long been an important element of U.S security policy. In Mexico, anti-crime militias emerged spontaneously. Eventually, the behavior and visibility of the militias forced the government of Mexico to react to them, but the United States has not been involved with them in any way.

via Lessons from Afghanistan and Mexico for prosecuting security policy through proxies | Brookings Institution.

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