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dc.contributor.advisorBerger, Marcos T.
dc.contributor.authorGaleana Abarca, Andres
dc.dateDec-14
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-18T00:17:36Z
dc.date.available2015-02-18T00:17:36Z
dc.date.issued2014-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/44566
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractThe spiral of violence generated by the drug war in Mexico over the past decade has raised security concerns, not only in Mexico, but also in the international community. The rise of vigilante groups in Michoacán (operating at least in theory) against organized crime and violence related to drug trafficking has recently and dramatically drawn attention to the relative weakness of government institutions in some parts of Mexico. This has in turn led some commentators to continue to describe Mexico as a potential failed state. However, the term failed state overlooks the specific location and character of both organized crime and violence in those parts of Mexico where it has become a problem. It is argued here that an understanding of the vigilante groups in Michoacán in relation to the historical, social, political, cultural, and economic particularities of Michoacán can best be achieves by setting aside the notion of a failed state and using the idea of ungoverned spaces. Taking ungoverned spaces as its point of departure, this thesis argues that the high level of violence in the ungoverned spaces in Michoacán has resulted in a parallel system of governance in much of the state; however, this is not the same as a failed state. This thesis takes a fresh look at drug trafficking and violence related to drug trafficking that moves beyond broad notions of failed states and focuses on the specifics of ungoverned spaces in parts of Mexico and elsewhere that drug-trafficking and violence in particular have generated considerable concern.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
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dc.titleUngoverned spaces in Mexico: autodefensas, failed states, and the war on drugs in Michoacánen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderNieto-Gomez, Rodrigo
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis
dc.subject.authorautodefensasen_US
dc.subject.authorMichoacánen_US
dc.subject.authorungoverned spacesen_US
dc.subject.authorfailed stateen_US
dc.subject.authorKnights Templarsen_US
dc.subject.authorMexicoen_US
dc.subject.authorFamilia Michoacanaen_US
dc.description.serviceCommander, Mexican Marine/Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Defense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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