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John M. Ackerman
John M. Ackerman is a professor at the Institute for Legal Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and a Visiting Professor at Sciences Po and Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Mexican Law Review and a columnist for La Jornada newspaper and Proceso magazine. Contact:

Entries by John M. Ackerman

El Chapo's Next Escape

(5) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 8:00 AM

Sooner or later, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán is bound to escape from prison again. In 2001, he did so by hiding in a laundry basket. Last year, after only 16 months of being locked-up, he escaped through a mile long tunnel dug under Mexico´s highest security...

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Toward the 'Normalization' of US-Mexico Relations

(14) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 2:40 PM

The escape of Mexico's most dangerous criminal, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera, from the most secure wing of the country's highest security prison this weekend is a wake-up call for those who insist on ignoring the explosive situation south of the border. The blind support of...

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Massacred Democracy in Mexico

(6) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 8:26 PM

The Mexican "drug war" has taken a turn for the worse. Since the return of the old guard Party of the Institutional Revolution (PRI) to the presidency in 2012, violence has expanded and increasingly targeted political activists, journalists and human rights defenders. And two recent massacres committed by government officials...

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The Newtown-Mexico Connection

(99) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 7:17 PM

It is shocking how the debate over gun control in the wake of the Newtown massacre has avoided mentioning gun violence south of the border. The 20 children gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School can now be added to the excruciating list of at least 1,200 North...

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Obama Loses Credibility by Cozying Up to Mexico´s New President

(109) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 12:44 PM

65% of the over 50 million Latinos who live and work in the United States are of Mexican origin. But President Barack Obama's embrace of Mexico's new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, in their meeting this Tuesday, November 27th in Washington, DC is the wrong way for him to...

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Obama's Mexico Mistake

(176) Comments | Posted May 18, 2010 | 4:27 PM

Wednesday's White House dinner with Mexico's president Felipe Calderón may serve as the culmination of President Obama's failed strategy of appeasement. Obama has not demanded concrete results in the "drug war" or asked hard questions about human rights, corruption and judicial reform. The administration has been distracted by a sweet-talking...

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