Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:00 PM
Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
Program on Latin America and the Caribbean
The Mexican Violence Crisis: from Drug Trafficking to Local Mafias
A Talk by Eduardo
Guerrero, CEO and Founding
Partner at Lantia Consultores
over a decade Mexico has faced a daunting security challenge. Murders have
grown exponentially and criminal organizations seem to have an ever growing
ability to extort rents from a variety of illegal activities throughout the
country. Until 2018 the Mexican Government followed a naive strategy. It gave
away money to local governments and established formal standards for their law
enforcement institutions. However the corruption networks that allowed organized
crime to operate in large swaths of the Mexican territory remained intact.
Since 2019 Mexico’s left-leaning government is attempting a different approach.
In short, it is trying to centralize law enforcement. Results so far are mixed.
Eduardo studied Public
Administration at El Colegio de México and Political Science at the University
of Delaware and the University of Chicago, where he received the Joseph
Cropsey Award. Eduardo has occupied top management positions at the National
Security Commission (CNS), the Federal Election Institute (IFE), the Federal
Institute of Information Transparency and Access (IFAI) and the Mexican
Secretary of Social Development (SEDESOL). In 2008 he founded Lantia
Consultores, a leading company in the empirical investigation of public
security, organized crime and governance in Mexico. Eduardo regularly
collaborates in El Financiero newspaper, Nexos
magazine and the Foro TV program
“La hora de opinar”, and his work has been featured by the The New York Times, The
Wall Street Journal and The
Economist, among other media outlets. His most recent research at Lantia
Consultores focuses on the simultaneous challenges of organized crime related
violence and social unrest throughout Mexico.
Sponsored by Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Program on Latin America and the Caribbean (PLACA), International Relations Program, and Department of History.
Hosted By: Jay and Debe Moskowitz Chair in
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