Al menos ocho mandatarios iberoamericanos de la Unión de Naciones Sudamericanas (Unasur) asisten a una reunión extraordinaria este jueves por la noche en Lima (tres de la madrugada hora peninsular) para debatir sobre la crisis política e institucional enVenezuela tras las cuestionadas elecciones del pasado domingo.
A la reunión convocada de urgencia por el presidente de Perú, Ollanta Humala, presidente pro tempore de Unasur, asistirán los mandatarios de Brasil, Dilma Rousseff; Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos; Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner; Chile, Sebastián Piñera; Bolivia, Evo Morales, y Venezuela, Nicol…
Mexico's Drug War: Balkanization Leads to Regional Challenges
April 18, 2013 | 0911 GMT
Editor's Note: This Security Weekly assesses the most significant cartel-related developments of the first quarter of 2013 and provides updated profiles of Mexico's powerful criminal cartels, as well as a forecast for the rest of this year. It's the executive summary of a more detailed report available to clients of our Mexico Security Monitor service.
By Tristan Reed Tactical Analyst
Balkanization of Cartels
Since the late 1980s demise of the Guadalajara cartel, which controlled drug trade routes into the United States through most of Mexico, Mexican cartels have followed a trend of fracturing into more geographically compact, regional crime networks. This trend, which we are referring to as "Balkanization," has continued for more than two decades and has impacted all of the major cartel groups in Mexico.
Indeed the Sinaloa Federation lost significant assets when the or…