The Challenge of Violent Drug-Trafficking Organizations: An Assessment of Mexican Security Based on Existing Rand Research on Urban Unrest, Insurgency, and Defense-Sector Reform

The Challenge of Violent Drug-Trafficking Organizations: An Assessment of Mexican Security Based on Existing Rand Research on Urban Unrest, Insurgency, and Defense-Sector Reform

The Challenge of Violent Drug-Trafficking Organizations: An Assessment of Mexican Security Based on Existing Rand Research on Urban Unrest, Insurgency, and Defense-Sector Reform

The Challenge of Violent Drug-Trafficking Organizations: An Assessment of Mexican Security Based on Existing Rand Research on Urban Unrest, Insurgency, and Defense-Sector Reform

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This monograph considers the relevance of recent and ongoing RAND research on urban instability, counterinsurgency, and defense-sector reform and provisionally applies it to contemporary security concerns about violent drug-trafficking organizations in Mexico. This research effort also involved the use of an expert elicitation exercise (using classic Delphi methods) to complete scorecard assessments of the contemporary Mexican security situation. The scorecards used in the expert elicitation were based on RAND research in the three areas that formed the thematic basis for the study: urban instability, counterinsurgency, and defense-sector reform. The expert elicitation was carried out in November and December 2010.

This research was conducted within the International Security and Defense Policy Center of the RAND National Defense Research Institute, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the defense agencies, and the defense Intelligence Community.

For more information on the RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center, see http://www.rand.org/nsrd/ndri/centers/ isdp.html or contact the director (contact information is provided on the web page).

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