The Politics of Drugs in Latin America Analytical Essay by Nicky

The Politics of Drugs in Latin America
An examination of the effects of drug cartels on Mexican society, economics and politics.
# 149551 | 1,484 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 22, 2011 in Political Science (Non-U.S.) , Latin-American Studies (General)

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The paper explores the impact of Mexican drug cartels on the society, economy and political organization of Mexico, and shows how the problem of traffickers has caused significant amounts of turmoil on the personal and political level for Mexican citizens. The paper posits that the drug cartels should be considered a prime problem in international relations. The paper further asserts that with the intervention of U.S. President Barack Obama and the freezing of Mexican drug lords' U.S. accounts, in addition to the United States' commitment to aid in the prosecuting of drug traffickers in the United States, this problem can be solved.

From the Paper:

"However, there are many members of Mexican society who are not poor--the leaders and members of drug cartels, whose affects on an already troubled society are far-reaching. Despite the social problems it has always encountered, Mexico has traditionally been an area filled with a rich, ethnic culture. Today, the international world focuses not on that vibrant culture, Mexico's stunning natural resources, or its captivating history. Instead drugs have influenced Mexican society by taking others' focus away from these positive points and onto violence. Contemporary Mexican society is one torn apart by the violence that has come with the politics of drugs. According to the Los Angeles Times, the number of casualties in the President Felipe Calderon's War on Drugs has risen to nearly 10,000, more deaths in two years than in the United States' five-year altercation with Iraq ("Mexico Under Siege."). The war on drugs has created violence from both the military and drug cartel sectors; and the ever-vigilant Human Rights Watch has accused Mexico's military of human rights' abuses. The Council of Hemispheric Affairs writes that Mexico's military, unlike its other branches of government, has remained secretive and less accountable to the general public as a result of its attempts to quash drug cartels."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • CIA. "Mexico." The World Factbook. 6 July 2009. 27 July 2009. <>
  • Flintoff, Corey. "A Look at Mexico's Drug Cartels." National Public Radio. 16 April 2009. 27 July 2009. <>
  • "Mexico's Drug War." Council on Hemispheric Affairs. 22 May 2007. 27 July 2009. <>
  • "Mexico: Hold Military to Account on Rights Abuses." Human Rights Watch. 29 April 2009. 27 July 2009. <>
  • "Mexico Under Siege." Los Angeles Times. 21 July 2009. 27 July 2009. <>

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