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Carpenter: Why Trump’s advisers keep quashing his realist whims

By Ted Galen Carpenter | Over a period of mere days in late December, the Trump administration made two troop withdrawal decisions that startled Washington. The first was announced in a tweet by Trump stating that the United States had accomplished its mission in Syria of defeating ISIS and that he was ordering the immediate […]

Carpenter: Mexican drug violence only getting worse

By Ted Galen Carpenter Mexican and U.S. officials basked in satisfaction when Mexican marines captured Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, leader of the notorious Sinaloa drug cartel, in January 2016. True, Guzman had previously escaped from maximum-security prisons in Mexico on not one, but two, occasions. But this time, authorities were determined there would be […]

Carpenter: Watch out, America: Mexico may be the next failed state

By Ted Galen Carpenter When Enrique Peña Nieto became president of Mexico in December 2012, there was considerable hope that the violence that had roiled that country so badly over the previous six years might subside. Peña Nieto seemed determined to adopt a different approach than his predecessor, Felipe Calderón, to the problems of drug […]

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