Latin America
4:08 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Between Cartels And Militias, Mexican State Hangs In The Balance

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 7:58 pm

President Obama will be in Mexico on Wednesday to talk about trade and commerce. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has made the economy the cornerstone of his administration's agenda, but security is still a major problem in parts of the country. Nowhere are the challenges more daunting than in the western state of Michoacan, where civilian militias have been fighting a ruthless drug cartel and federal forces have moved in to try to restore calm.