Mexico's Forever War by Kevin Casas-Zamora in Foreign Policy
, 22 Dec 2010
Kevin Casas-Zamora is a senior fellow in Foreign Policy and in the Latin America Initiative at Brookings. Most recently, Casas-Zamora served as Costa Rica’s vice president, as well as minister of national planning and economic policy. Casas-Zamora has authored several studies on political finance, elections, citizen security, and civil-military relations in Latin America.
Well worth read. he posits that Mexico's problems are less an issue of ungoverned territory and more an institutional culture of corruption. While I agree, I would even go a step further and say that the culture of corruption is part of the Mexican culture in general, not just the government. Until they fix that, nothing will really change. They are treating the symptom rather than the cause.