Mexico’s new president wants a new National Guard to address violent crime. Will it work?

By: Gustavo A. Flores-Macías,  in The Washington Post
Tue, 12/18/2018

Gustavo A. Flores-Macías, associate professor of government, writes in this Washington Post opinion piece about Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's plan to combat the rampang violence in the country. 

"While his plan to create a National Guard with military personnel can seem an appealing solution, my research shows that the militarization of law enforcement can have damaging consequences," Flores-Macías writes, explaining Mexico's deepening violence problem and the problems associated with militarizing domestic policing. 

"In my research on the consequences of militarization of public safety in the Mexican context, for example, I find that involving the armed forces in anti-drug efforts has contributed to sharp increases in violent crimes, including homicides and kidnappings, as well as a deterioration of the government’s revenue," he writes.

Read the entire Washington Post piece.

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