In October 2007, the United States and Mexico announced the Merida Initiative, a $1.4 billion proposal for US assistance in Mexico and Central America’s drug war for FY 2008-FY 2010.8 For the 2008 fiscal year, Congress allocated $400 million for Mexico and $65 million for Central America. This marked a shift in US foreign drug policy, as until this time Colombia had been the main recipient of US aid, not Mexico. According to the US Department of State, Colombia received $600 million for FY 2006, while Mexico received approximately $40 million.9 As the US enters its fourth year of Merida Initiative implementation, it is important to assess whether or not it has been a successful policy. The intention of the United States and Mexico was to reduce the drug trafficking problem, cartel influence, and associated violence and corruption, while restoring order to much of Mexico through implementation of the initiative. This paper will address the viability of the Merida Initiative as an effective policy for reducing continued drug-related violence and homicide in Mexico.
"The Merida Initiative: An Effective Way of Reducing Violence in Mexico?,"
Pepperdine Policy Review: Vol. 4
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.pepperdine.edu/ppr/vol4/iss1/5