Special Reports

Drug Violence in Mexico. Data and Analysis Through 2010

Viridiana Ríos and David A. Shirk

February 2011

In the second annual special report on drug violence in Mexico, the authors found that 2010 was the worst year on record for such violence, and was marked a sharp increase in politically targeted violence that included numerous assassinations and kidnappings of public officials. The violence became so severe that officials in Mexico and the United States  expressed uncertainty about the Mexican state’s ability to withstand the effects of this violence.


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