This paper maps out the network of alliances and subgroups within the two most powerful cartels in Mexico — the Sinaloa Cartel and the Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación — and reveals key structural differences that could have important implications for policymakers.
Nathan P. Jones, Irina Chindea, Daniel Weisz-Argomedo, John P. SullivanApril 11, 2022
The extradition of Mexico's most notorious drug kingpin, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, is highly anticipated and sought after by U.S. law enforcement. However, until Mexico develops a new law enforcement model to combat the drug cartels, such so-called "kingpin arrests" will make little to no difference to drug trafficking in Texas and across the United States.
Gary J. Hale, Tony Payan, Nathan P. JonesJanuary 29, 2016
Baker Institute experts explain how Friday's arrest of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will affect the Peña Nieto administration, the Sinaloa Cartel and the Mexican government's "kingpin strategy" to destroy the cartels.
Tony Payan, Gary J. Hale, Nathan P. JonesJanuary 9, 2016
In 2012, the Drug Policy Program at Rice University’s Baker Institute and the South Texas College of Law (STCL) established a unique agreement to work together on model legislation for the decriminalization and regulation of marijuana in Texas. The collaboration was initiated by students and supported by the administrations and faculties of both educational institutions. South Texas College of Law students produced 19 separate statutes for their public law course in the spring 2013 semester. They were asked to write model legislation regarding some aspect of marijuana policy and provide well-reasoned commentary for their statutes. Experts from the Baker Institute’s Drug Policy Program gave guest lectures on drug policy issues and worked with STCL professor Drury Stevenson to provide a general direction for the course.
The goal of the collaboration between the STCL and the Baker Institute was to create a variety of statutes that legislators and government officials can consult and learn from as marijuana policy is increasingly debated over the next decade. Neither the Baker Institute nor the South Texas College of Law endorses any particular policy. The model legislation has not undergone editorial review by the Baker Institute.
The arrest of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is a major symbolic victory for the United States and Mexico, but it will not change the flow of drugs as much as Colorado and Washington's experiments with marijuana legalization.