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"Border police, an opportunity for AMLO"

Alan Bersin and Nate Bruggeman -- El Universal

This column originally appeared in El Universal in Mexico. A short version appeared in the print edition, with an expanded argument online. An English translation of the long argument is available on the Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School, website

The security situation in Mexico remains poor, with the country experiencing renewed violence at unacceptable levels. 2017 was among the most violent in Mexico’s history, and the violence has continued through this year. The large-scale breakdown of law-and-order helped propel Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) to Mexico’s presidency. Although how precisely AMLO intends to restore public safety remains generally unclear, one early proposal is quite promising for both Mexico and the United States. . . .

Nathan Bruggeman