Mexico will elect a new president in 2012. Facing mounting pressure to change course, Calderon's successor may choose scale back the anti-drug offensive return the country to its pre-2006 days. But that would be a mistake.
Curbing organized violence involves thorny issues that will not be resolved overnight. For the U.S., it means tackling drug treatment and prevention, and halting the flow of guns and cash.
The biggest breakthroughs in consciousness occur when things are difficult; when we have a choice to fall to the worst of ourselves or rise to the best of ourselves.
The beleaguered state of Arizona has just concluded one of the most lopsided elections in state history, in which Republicans captured every statewide...
The reason the position of many liberals against legalized marijuana is hard to rationalize is that it isn't rational. If public usage of marijuana is an issue, the logical way to address it is by regulating public usage.
In Mexico, not a single soldier responsible for human rights crimes has been held accountable in civilian courts since the United States started delivering hundreds of millions of Merida Initiative dollars.
An addict can only really begin to grapple with his problem when he hits rock bottom. This year, the drug prohibitionists hit theirs, as they unleashed the destruction of Mexico.
Despite the Obama administration's rhetoric regarding respect for human rights in Mexico's drug war, its actions have provided little incentive for Mexico to improve its record.
It is so unlikely that we will ever see a dramatic halt to the violence and bloodshed in Northern Mexico that it will likely come to be seen as a Darf...
Drug abuse and gang violence flourish in a drug prohibition environment, just as they did during alcohol prohibition in the US. Legalizing drugs will put the black market out of business.
When drugs are illegal there are vast profits to be made in their production, transport and sale. In areas of Mexico with high levels of unemployment and drug addiction there is an unbounded supply of labour for the cartels.
Horrific drug violence is not related to drug users; it's related to drug dealers. It's the prohibition itself that is causing this crime wave, just like it did during alcohol prohibition, when Al Capone reigned supreme here.
The lack of foresight that Mayor Villaraigosa has shown in his decision to close down hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries reveals an alarming inability, or unwillingness, to think through the consequences of his decisions.
The news media never got around to asking what the Afghanistan people thought of McChrystal being sacked. It turns out that their take didn't even resemble the story that the American media was selling us.
Careful review of the circumstances in specific regions of Mexico and the same precautions and common sense that is employed at home could mean the difference between gaining study and understanding and ignoring an opportunity.
The situation in Mexico today, including the violence, is similar to the one that Colombia faced 20 years ago. Thus, there are several lessons to be drawn from Colombia's successful campaign.