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Perfect Storm on U.S.–Mexico Border

Tony Payan

Perfect Storm on U.S.–Mexico Border.

Ciudad Juárez, across from El Paso, Texas, suffered an unprecedented downfall into violence and chaos between 2007 and 2012. It came to be known in 2010 as “the most dangerous city in the world.” What can cause a city to spiral downward into bloodshed and turmoil in the way that Ciudad Juárez did? This article makes the argument that the city's descent into violence and chaos is the result of a number of poor decisions made over the course of the 40 years preceding the bloodshed of the years under examination.

Read "Ciudad Juárez: A Perfect Storm on the U.S.–Mexico Border" in the Journal of Borderlands Studies. A subscription is required to read the full article.