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August 11, 2012

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Half way through this book myself at the moment and I have to agree with most of this review especially in relation to its appeal to academia.
As for NAFTA complicity, is it not, rather than the cause, part of a trend of that has placed Mexico in the position it is today. Trends that often originate from US policy such as interdiction efforts in the 80s and economic liberalisation that pushed the drugs overland and allowed easier movement of narcotics North and money South.
Indeed some academics would also claim that Carter's promotion of human allowed for political openings in Latin America as a whole allowing for the breakdown of PRI rule and the narco alliances that kept violence in check.
On a side note Cocaine Death Squads and the War on Terror, released earlier this year, is an exellent book in a similar vein to this one that has many insights on the drug war in Colombia crucial for understanding the current direction of US and Mexican policy under Merida.

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