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Confronting Mexico's Security Challenges

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From the outset, President Enrique Peña Nieto’s presidency sought to shift attention from combating violence to pursuing an ambitious reform agenda. Yet, with last September’s disappearance of 43 students in the town of Ayotzinapa and the strong public reaction to the country’s most serious citizen security incident in a decade, security challenges in Mexico have taken new public prominence. What have been the successes and failures of Peña Nieto’s security strategy and approach to human rights problems, and to what extent does it differ from that of his predecessor, Felipe Calderón?

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