Mérida Initiative: Transnational Security Governance or Governance Intervention?

Mérida Initiative: Transnational Security Governance or Governance Intervention?

Prof. Dr. Marianne Braig

SFB Governance Newsletter

Free Universität Berlin

December 2012

The war on drug cartels failed. Proof are the 80,000 dead and the approximately 30,000 missing persons as well as the brutal atrocities that have altered Mexican society during past years. The drug war determined the term of office of retiring Mexican president Felipe Calderón (2006-2012) and is equally intertwined with the Mérida Initiative (MI) which was launched in 2008 and was to introduce a new era of security cooperation between the USA, Mexico, and Central America.

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Robert, thanks for sharing. This is an important perspective that needs to be on the table as the debate over "what happens next" picks up steam.

Also, as one reads this particular piece, if one simply swaps out a hand full of key words regarding the parties and the place this could be about Afghanistan.

We have become a bit of a one trick pony when it comes to our approaches to foregin security polices.