Global Security: Mexico

mexico flagWhen I talk to people about Mexico, the very first question that comes to their minds is: “But… isn’t it a bit dangerous though?”, to which I always answer that all places can be dangerous or not.

Indeed, we could say there is some tension in matters of security in Mexico, and especially in Mexico City, with it being hard to have good security policies with a population of 20 million people. Indeed, people are easily stolen their mobile phones, for example, which is a very useful way to enter bank accounts and steal thousands of pesos. The problem is, mexican people don’t really know how to act to this kind of problems (whenever they come to happen).

During 2015, 40% of mexicans have been victims of cybernetic crime, a problem that has recollected around 100 thousand million mexican pesos over the last 12 months.

That is why a program for National Security, covering the period between 2014 and 2018, was put in place, in which the main idea is to be able to fight against modern menaces and protect the modern democratic nation’s values, trying to look for the country’s interests. Indeed, this program highlights the idea that security must be reinforced to guarantee interior security and reduce violence in places where it most affects the population. The main two goals set by this document are: consolidate the National’s security system to ensure the integral attention towards vulnerabilities and threatens to national security, and to ensure a multidimensional perspective, which means not limiting it to protection of the State’s sovereignty,  in order to favor national interests.

Mexico, as being one of the 51 founding members of the UN, has taken part in the Security council, disarmament and denuclearization committee, and even tried to bring the subject of drug traffic as being transnational delinquency, reason why it has signed many treaties and proved support towards global security measure that have been taken over the past 20 years.

It was even stated by Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, that Mexico is an important strategic partner, which contributes greatly to global security in UN missions.

We could even say that, to some extent, Mexico is an emerging power in global security, because of the constant fight against organized crime and drug traffic problems.

Nevertheless, after the diffusion of the ISIS video, where it threatened United States’ supporters,  the National security commission had doubled security in frontiers, embassies, harbors and airports. Renato Sales, headline of the commission, stated that “these threats are real, in international term, reason why we must have some precautions and take necessary measures towards it”. Mexican authorities claim to be ready to whatever may come, be it from the terrorist or the drug-dealers’ side.

Still, corruption being the daily bread of the country, some people question this ability to fight against crime. Indeed, some argue that, although we cannot describe Mexico as a “failed state”, the security, intelligence and justice structures find themselves overcome and corrupted, it must face as soon as possible its reforms if it seriously wants to face the security problem.

by Wendy T.