Critical review of Mexico’s security policy

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Mexico has a complex history related to state institutions, organized crime and their relationship to both drug trafficking and other illegal activities. Over the past 15 years, the security policy has militarized public security interventions, providing an increasing power to the armed forces and making a state of exception, the norm. High levels of violence have caused devastating consequences, fracturing communities and reducing confidence in the state and other actors. And it shows no sign of ending. This critical policy session will review the security policies undertaken, provide analysis of the current state of affairs, identify efforts by stakeholders to address this issue, and propose necessary and urgent innovations for peace-building at a local, regional and national level.

Dawn Marie Paley

Dawn Marie Paley is a journalist and sociologist. Her books include Drug War Capitalism and Guerra Neoliberal. Desaparición y búsqueda en el norte de México.

Luis Daniel Santiago Vidargas

Communications strategist, data analyst and writer, specialized in planning and executing political communications and marketing strategies.

Zara Snapp

Co-founder of Instituto RIA, a Mexican civil society organization. Masters in public policy from Harvard University Specialist on social justice, development, and peace building framework

Oswaldo Zavala

Journalist and academic researcher

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