Bernd Debusmann

Mexico’s three wars

By Bernd Debusmann
July 3, 2012

Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico’s president-elect, inherited three wars from his predecessor. Staunching the bloodshed of one would be a huge achievement. Getting the upper hand in all three might require divine intervention.

American riddle: more guns, less violence?

By Bernd Debusmann
January 6, 2012

Gun ownership in the United States is up. Violent crime is down. Is this a matter of cause and effect?

A Mexican massacre and a war without end

By Bernd Debusmann
September 6, 2011

There’s good news and bad news on the war on drugs in Mexico and the United States. The good news: cooperation between U.S. and Mexican security forces has rarely been closer. “Unprecedented,” President Barack Obama termed it in a message of sympathy for 52 people killed in an arson attack on a casino in northern Mexico.

The war on drugs and a milestone critique

By Bernd Debusmann
June 3, 2011

The war on drugs is a waste of time, money and lives. It cannot be won. The world’s drug warriors are out of ideas.