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Author Martin, Zachary, author

Title The hydra : the strategic paradox of human security in Mexico / Zachary Martin, Major, USAF
Published Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama : Air University Press, Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center, 2020


Description 1 online resource (vii, 42 pages) : color map
Series Wright flyer paper ; no. 78
Wright flyer paper ; no. 78.
Contents Introduction, Thesis, and Methodology -- Argument 1: The State Misunderstands the Nature of the Human Security Threat -- The Nature of Cartels -- Argument 2: War Strategy Fails to Solve Human Security -- The Mérida Initiative -- Argument 3: The Strategic Paradox of the Human Security Threat -- Conclusion: The Hydra of North America
Summary "Cartels in Mexico produce significant levels of violence and criminality in Mexico through their illicit narcotics trade. The effects of cartel activity spill over into the United States through immigration issues and narcotics deaths. In 2006, the Mexican government applied a counternetwork decapitation strategy to eliminate cartel leadership and thereby reduce criminality in an attempt to ease pressure from both sides of the border. The US supported the Mexican strategy through the Mérida Initiative to build security capacity. However, from 2006 to 2018 homicide rates per 100,000 residents increased in Mexico by 248 percent, while illicit narcotics trafficking and indicators of corruption, extortion, kidnapping, and human trafficking rose. I have shown, using secondary source material and analytical and qualitative methods, the nature of the illicit-narcotics problem and explain why past strategies failed. The problem facing the US and Mexico consists of deficient human security fueled by an illicit narcotics supply-demand dynamic rooted in societal issues and economic underdevelopment. Cartels take advantage of this shortfall. Because the Mexican government misdiagnosed the threat, it applied incoherent and unproductive measures more suited for a Clausewitzian war paradigm strategy. Finally, I identify a paradox in the narcotics legalization argument that harbors significant challenges to successful implementation and holds the potential for transforming a human security problem into an insurgency."--Abstract
Notes "Accepted by Air University Press November 2019 and published October 2020"--Page ii
At head of title: Air University, Air Command and Staff College
In scope of the U.S. Government Publishing Office Cataloging and Indexing Program (C&I) and Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 38-42)
Notes Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (Air University Press website, viewed on October 15, 2020)
Subject Merida Initiative (U.S.)
Merida Initiative (U.S.)
Human security -- Mexico
Cartels -- Mexico
Narcotic laws -- Mexico
Narcotic laws -- United States
Human security
Narcotic laws
United States
Form Electronic book
Author Air University (U.S.). Air Command and Staff College, issuing body.
Air University (U.S.). Press, publisher.
Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center, issuing body.
Other Titles Strategic paradox of human security in Mexico