Issue 10, August 2009
Mexico shares with some of its Latin American neighbors a history of military and intelligence issues with the Unites States.
Mexico has never gone to war with any Latin American country; in fact, peaceful relations between neighboring states have by and large been a characteristic of countries in Central and South America. Compared to other regions of the world, this lack of overt military tension between countries is somewhat remarkable.
Security threats in Mexico and Latin America today generally come from non-state actors. Prominent among these are drug cartels and other crime operations that exist in Mexico and throughout Central and South America, and are often linked to each other. Other potential security threats are posed by international terrorist groups who are thought by some to enjoy easy access to South American cities and ports.