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Scholarly Publications

Caught in the Crossfire: The Geography of Extortion and Police Corruption in Mexico [Feb. 2015]

February 2015

When Mexican President Felipe Caldrón took office in December 2006 he declared a war on the nation’s drug traffic organizations (Ríos and Shirk, 2011).

Living in Fear: The Dynamics of Extortion in Mexico's Criminal Insurgency [Feb. 2015]

February 2015

This paper provides an account of the strategies of extortion and co-optation used by drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) toward civil society in Mexico.

The Beheading of Criminal Organizations and the Dynamics of Violence in Mexico’s Drug War [June 2015]

June 2015

In 2006 the Mexican government launched an aggressive campaign to weaken drug-trafficking organizations (DTOs).

Other Publications

La Geografía Electoral de 2012 (México)

October 2012

On July 1, over 50 million Mexicans went to the polls to elect the next President of the Republic.

Conference Report: Violence and Policing in Latin American and U.S. Cities [April 2014]

January 2015

The global cities of Latin America - Rio de Janeiro, Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana, Mexico City and Medellin - have become engines of economic growth.

Impact Evaluation: Program Jóvenes con Porvenir

October 2015

The impact evaluation aims to estimate the effect of the program in different aspects of the beneficiaries' professional and personal lives.

News

With a new president and an old party, Mexico faces uncertain future

July 2012

Enrique Peña Nieto was elected Mexico's president promising to curb the country's drug-related violence.

Cuéllar, Magaloni on Iranian assassination plot and link to Mexican cartels

October 2011

As if the alleged Iranian plan to kill Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S.

Violent Corruption and Violent Lobbying: Logics of Cartel-State Conflict in Mexico, Brazil and Colombia

July 2013

Why have militarized crackdowns on drug cartels had wildly divergent outcomes, sometimes exacerbating cartel-state conflict, as in Mexico and, for decades, in Brazil, but sometimes reducing...

Events

Los Que Se Quedan (Those Who Remain) Film Screening

March 10, 2011

A screening of the documentary "Los Que Se Quedan (Those Who Remain)" and a conversation among the film's co -director, Carlos Hagerman and Stanford's Larry Diamond and Beatriz Magaloni.

Violence, Drugs and Governance: Mexican Security in Comparative Perspective

October 3, 2011

On October 3-4, 2011, the Stanford University Program on Poverty and Governance at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and the Center for International Security and...

Crime, Violence and Governance in Latin America: Sharing Data and Building a Web-Based Research Network to Expand Knowledge

June 7, 2013

Despite some interesting research on crime and violence in Latin American countries (particularly Colombia), there is still a relative dearth of policy-oriented research.

Projects

Youth with Hope Program

BACKGROUND Youth with Hope is the first large-scale vocational training program implemented in Mexico.
English

Understanding Police Use of Force in Rio de Janeiro

BACKGROUNDIn 2008, Rio de Janeiro's government introduced an unprecedented security policy called “pacification,” a police strategy with full support from the federal government that aims to...
English

Network for Youth Agency: A Program Evaluation

BACKGROUNDCharacterized as a notorious case study of urban violence in Latin America, Rio de Janeiro slums (known as favelas) have long been home to dangerous drug factions.
English

People

Alberto Diaz-Cayeros Headshot Alberto Díaz-Cayeros Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
bmkhigh Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
edgar franco Edgar Franco Vivanco Doctoral Candidate, Political Science