Key Points

  • The US President has asserted that plans are in place to designate Mexican cartels as terrorist organizations
  • The Mexican Foreign Ministry has raised concerns about Mexican sovereignty
  • Under current legislation, the implementation of any such plan may be hindered issues of definition
  • Such high-level political declarations are unlikely to be reflected in the current tempo of violent cartel activity recorded in many areas of Mexico
  • Impending talks between the US and Mexico foreign ministers may provide an opportunity to seek a bilateral response

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