Irina Alexandra Chindea

Irina Chindea is a Ph.D. candidate in the International Security Studies Program at the Fletcher School, Tufts University in Boston, MA. In 2012, Irina conducted extensive field research in Mexico, Colombia, El Salvador, and Canada for her doctoral dissertation on patterns of cooperation and conflict among criminal groups active in strong and weak states. Irina’s research interests include irregular warfare and asymmetric threats, the nexus between finance and the activities of non-state armed groups, intelligence, and the interplay between formal and informal governance structures, with a regional focus on Latin America and Southwest Asia.

This is the third and last essay in the series that examines the rising threat of organized criminality and its spillover effects across levels of analysis.

The purpose of this second essay is to develop our analytical framework in more depth and provide a detailed analysis.

Organized criminal groups have expanded their networks and employed technology in novel and startling ways to counteract efforts to detect, disrupt, and capture them.

Coordination Failures Among Mexican Security Forces: How the Mexican Government Botched the War on Drugs

This essay is the first in a series exploring the issue of drug-related violence in Mexico.