Greetings everyone! Here is my first Blog!
My research topic investigates how a failed Mexican state may affect the U.S. in terms of security and economic national interests. The topic for this study was actually inspired by a Joint Forces Command Article.
The Joint Forces Command lists two countries, Pakistan and Mexico, that they expect to collapse economically and internally in terms of security. Of course, while Pakistan poses its own specific threats, i.e. increased Islamic-Terrorism, that may threaten U.S. interests in the Middle East, Mexico has it’s own threats to U.S. interests.
As a U.S. neighbor, there becomes the fear of spill over violence across the U.S.-Mexico border, economic concerns as a trade partner and with U.S. companies having factories located in Mexico, as well as immigration concerns with refugee spill over.
My paper will look at typical indicators that would suggest a possible failed state such as economic concerns, security concerns, perceived government corruption, and legitimacy of the government. I also hope to make some policy suggestions as how to prevent a failed Mexican state. These policy suggestions will take a page out of history of successful preventions of failed states such as U.S.-Colombia cooperation to overpower Pablo Escobar’s drug cartel during the late 1980s early 1990s. Additionally, I will look at unsuccessful U.S. interventions such as the mid-1990 U.S. intervention in Somalia. Essentially, I hope that this case studies (and the others I will use), will highlight how the U.S. can intervene either overtly or covertly.
Furthermore, I will use case studies of failed state consequences for their bordering neighbors as a warning as to the negative repercussions for not acting appropriately soon enough to prevent such state failures.
I haven’t done too much work on international affairs work, so by all means if anyone out there has suggestions please do not hesitate.
Until next time,
Joshua B. Branch