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Global Studies Professor Published in Academic Journal

In a recently published academic journal article, Martha I. Chew Sánchez, St. Lawrence University associate professor of global studies, discusses the drug economy and the rise of economic, social and political unrest that has led to widespread instability and paramilitary violence in Mexico.

Chew Sánchez’s article, “Paramilitarism and State-Terrorism in Mexico as a Case Study of Shrinking Functions 
of the Neoliberal State,” was published in Brill’s Perspectives on Global Development and Technology.

Chew Sánchez explains in the article that the so-called drug wars in Mexico has resulted in an expansion of military and police as well as escalating human rights violations. She also states that the rise in Mexico’s drug economy is directly related to drug-prohibition laws in the United States. Those same laws that attempt to control the consumption of alcohol and narcotics in the U.S., she says, has produced a supply-chain between producers in Mexico to consumers in the United States.

Meanwhile, mutual understandings between drug traders and the Mexican elite ruling class, which historically provided protection for the drug economy to thrive, has been disrupted by recent economic policies such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and greater involvement of the U.S. government in drug trafficking. The result, says Chew Sánchez, has been growing sectarianism and violence against civilians by drug cartels while at the same time greater militarization of the Mexican military to enforce anti-narcotic policies, leading to widespread corruption and social instability – all in the name of democratic transitioning.

The article was published in Volume 13, Issue 1-2 of the Brill journal.

Perspectives on Global Development and Technology is a peer-reviewed journal for the discussion of current social science research on diverse socioeconomic development issues that reflect the profoundly altered opportunities and threats brought about by the bipolar to global world order shift, the present monopoly of economic liberalization that constricts development options, and the new enabling technologies of the Information Age.