Graduation Year

Spring 2014

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Salvador Velazco

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This thesis examines the current state of violence in Mexico that is largely attributed to drug cartel violence. In addition to noting the role of organized crime in Mexico, I include the role the United States has played in the drug industry and the increase of drug-related violence in Mexico. I analyze the implications of US gun laws and the involvement of the DEA in Mexico, along with the efficacy of such measures like NAFTA and the Mérida Initiative.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.