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October 20, 2011
Sharon L. Cardash, Frank J. Cilluffo, Bert B. Tussing


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Overview

On October 20, 2011, the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) together with the U.S. Army War College Center for Strategic Leadership released an issue brief on Mexico and the triple challenge of crime, terrorist tactics, and narco-insurgency.  Reviewing the extent of the triple threat and efforts to respond to it, both individually and jointly on the part of the Government of Mexico and the United States Government, co-authors Sharon L. Cardash, Frank J. Cilluffo, and Bert B. Tussing write: “The question remains…whether strategy and doctrine in Mexico, in the United States, and in the region can and will keep pace with the triple threat…that is at once adaptive, lethal, and determined.”

Noting the “complex multidimensional” nature of the challenge, and acknowledging that “facts on the ground will continue to mutate,” the authors conclude: “In addition to…careful, patient work that supports operations, we must also do the hard strategic thinking to further develop a comprehensive (multi-dimensional, multi-instrument) plan to work with Mexico to help create and reinforce the institutional and social foundations and developments needed to achieve strategic success in the long run. This undertaking will be especially challenging at a time of domestic and international economic turbulence and restraint. Granted, policy without resources is rhetoric—but we must also try to work smarter and better.

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Frank J. Cilluffo is director of The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI). Sharon L. Cardash is HSPI’s associate director. Bert B. Tussing is director of the Homeland Defense and Security Issues Group at the U.S. Army War College Center for Strategic Leadership, and a Senior Fellow at HSPI.



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Founded in 2003, The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) is a nonpartisan think and do tank whose mission is to build bridges between theory and practice to advance homeland security through an interdisciplinary approach. By convening domestic and international policymakers and practitioners at all levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors, and academia, HSPI creates innovative strategies and solutions to current and future threats to the nation.

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