The recent capture of two of Mexico's most wanted drug lords has been once again hailed as a major coup in the government's nearly decade-long drug war. However, many security experts as well as ordinary Mexicans remain highly skeptical regarding whether these arrests will have any meaningful effect on the state of criminality and violence in the country.
Mexico today is in the middle of a dilemma of governance. During the Institutional Revolutionary Party rule, Mario Vargas Llosa called Mexico the "perfect dictatorship" because it had the trappings of democracy, but was ruled harshly by one party. The challenge of the PRI under Pena Nieto is to perfect democracy.