While Mexico's President Peña Nieto hasn't backed away from using the military to fight crime entirely, he's promised a more multifaceted approach. That includes a newly launched crime prevention plan.
A weakening of the Zetas in the northeast may discourage the drug gang's forays into other parts of Mexico, but internal strife often leads to more murders, writes InSight Crime.
Mexico's PRI ran one of the best organized campaigns in Latin America in recent history, argues a guest blogger, but its winner, Enrique Peña Nieto, now has to bring the same effectiveness to the presidency.
Outwardly, life seems normal; but as drug war kidnappings, extortion, and violence brush closer to the average citizen, experts say, the mental terrain looks like post-traumatic stress.