U.S. President Barack Obama joined his Canadian and Mexican counterparts as they completed a summit meeting in Mexico on Monday. Shannon O’Neil of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses the issues tackled, including trade, the H1N1 flu and the drug war.
During the last year, more than 6,000 people have been murdered as a result of Mexico's escalating drug violence. The death toll now exceeds that of the war in Afghanistan.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have acknowledged a shared responsibility for the explosion of violence and flush of kidnappings. Drug violence is particularly acute on U.S.-Mexican border cities like Tijuana or Ciudad Juarez.
In the winter of 2009, Worldfocus correspondent John Larson, along with producers Bryan Myers, Megan Thompson and Ivette Feliciano, traveled to Tijuana to report on the drug-related murders, kidnappings and corruption. The team tried to give a human face to the statistics and break down the popular "narco" subculture that celebrates this widespread violence.
"Mexico's Drug War" is a collection of signature videos, extensive interviews, an online radio show, blogger perspectives and web original videos including an account of one victim's kidnapping.
Mexico’s Drug War
As Mexican drug trafficking pushes along, the danger is evident, writes Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner. But Mexican officials don't want to hear it, and U.S. officials don't want to push the issue too far ahead toward the front burner.
Approximately 50 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000. A Worldfocus contributing blogger in Mexico writes about facing masked guerillas and tear gas in a survival training session for journalists.
Rodolfo de la Garza of Columbia University discusses Barack Obama's visit to Mexico, where he focused on the issue of drug violence. Some in Mexico blame the drug problem on America's appetite for illegal drugs and its gun laws.
U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to venture to Mexico on Thursday for talks with President Felipe Calderon. Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner argues that unless political leaders are willing to commit to real change and take the resulting flak, it will be impossible to alleviate Mexico's drug problem.
Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine and Deborah Amos of National Public Radio discuss the week's top stories: Hillary Clinton's visit to Mexico, Israel's new government and prospects for peace and a troubling new report on ties between Pakistan's intelligence services and the Taliban.
Leonardo Martinez-Diaz of the Brookings institute discusses the implications of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to Mexico.
Christopher Sabatini of the Council of the Americas discusses Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to Mexico and the newly-announced initiative to increase security along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner writes about how the U.S. might engage with Mexico and its troubles rather than build fences.
Worldfocus.org's weekly radio show explores Mexico's escalating drug war, life on the border and U.S. policy in Mexico. Listen now. Ambassador Andrés Rozental, Professor Tony Payan and filmmaker Natalia Almada join the conversation.