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Viewpoints: Kingpin strategies

In October 2012, Mexico's navy announced the death of Heriberto Lazcano, the leader of Mexico"s violent Zetas drug cartel, during a firefight with the marines. The slaying was hailed as a significant victory for the government of President Felipe Calderón, which has made the elimination of top cartel leaders a priority in its fight against organized crime. But will a strategy to target drug kingpins pay off in the long-term? Baker Institute fellows weighed the pros and cons of the approach in a five-day installment of the Baker Institute Viewpoints series, a blog feature that offers an array of views on a single issue.

  • View the video above to hear the authors expand on their Viewpoints entries.
  • Click through to the posts below to read all of the entries in the kingpin series:

Oct. 24, 2012 - "Targeting criminals, not crimes: The kingpin strategy works," by Gary Hale, nonresident fellow in drug policy.

Oct. 25, 2012 - "Strategy to target drug kingpins a tactic, not a solution," by Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy.

Oct. 26, 2012 - "Eliminate root causes of violence to 'manage' drug cartels," by Nathan Jones, Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy.

Oct. 29, 2012 - "The kingpin strategy: A piece of a much larger puzzle," by Tony Payan, visiting Baker Institute Scholar for Immigration and Border Studies.

Oct. 30, 2012 - "Obama"s precarious drone affair," by Andrew Bowen, visiting scholar for the Middle East.