Have the Mexican Drug Cartels Evolved Into a Terrorist Insurgency?

Have the Mexican Drug Cartels Evolved Into a Terrorist Insurgency?

by U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
     
 
The escalation of violence between rival drug cartels, street gangs, and the government within Mexico has created concern in both Mexico and the United States. The fluid situation surrounding the Mexican drug war has led to much speculation about how to classify the powerful drug cartels conducting it. There is literature debating whether the cartels are merely a

Overview

The escalation of violence between rival drug cartels, street gangs, and the government within Mexico has created concern in both Mexico and the United States. The fluid situation surrounding the Mexican drug war has led to much speculation about how to classify the powerful drug cartels conducting it. There is literature debating whether the cartels are merely a criminal enterprise or whether the cartels represent a new terrorist insurgency in Mexico. Utilizing multiple definitions of “terrorism” and “insurgency,” this study developed a conceptual model to compare and contrast with the activities of the drug cartels. The primary conclusion drawn is that the drug cartels do not represent an insurgency, rather they continue to operate as criminal organizations that occasionally use terrorist tactics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148211020
Publisher:
Pennyhill Press
Publication date:
02/10/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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