It's doubtful, experts say, despite reports that Iranian plotters tried to hire members of a Mexican drug cartel to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the US in Washington.
The tenure of President Felipe Calderón, who is preparing to give his fourth state of the union address, has been marked by the brutal Mexico drug war and political infighting that's stymied reform.
The Mexico drug war is pushing officials to take heed of Colombia, which made progress with social welfare programs and acknowledgment that force alone doesn't work.
First, corrupt police were targeted. Now, nearly 30 local officials in Michoacán have been arrested for alleged drug ties.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric Holder visit Mexico Thursday to meet with their counterparts.
President Felipe Calderón's government has made a series of moves to clean up the country's police force. Results are open to interpretation.
Tijuana's anticorruption police chief was fired and replaced with an Army officer Monday, following three days of drug-related violence that left 37 people dead.
Local groups are battling police corruption – which fuels drug-trafficking – with programs such as ethics training at Mexico City's police academy.
In Ciudad Juárez courts, the presumption is now innocence. It's a radical change that could lead to an overhaul of Mexico's criminal-justice system.
A top operative of Mexico's infamous Sinaloa cartel was arrested Monday.