2015 October 17 Saturday
Growing Number Of Ungoverned Regions

A growing number of areas around the world are no longer under control of sovereign governments. Did you know that Mexico's murder rate tripled from 2007 to 2011? The graph for Mexico shows what Bloomberg considers to be an ungoverned region in Mexico.

In 2006, the Mexican government began a major military offensive against drug gangs that had grown increasingly powerful over several decades. The violence only became more extreme before peaking in 2011. Shootouts between police and gangs are commonplace in many towns and cities, as is kidnapping. The government has little or no control over some areas of the country. Mexico's number of homicides more than tripled from 2007 to 2011 and its murder rate is the 20th highest in the world.

We need to build a substantial border barrier along the US southern border with Mexico. It will insulate us from this partially failed state.

What surprised me: classification of part of northern Sinai as ungoverned. I don't follow the news coming from Israel or Egypt near Israel. So does anyone understand it? Is the Egyptian government under less than full control of the Sinai?

Also, I hadn't been aware that part of Malaysia near Thailand is ungoverned. Anyone know about that?

Parts of Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan ungoverned: totally unsurprising. Ditto Somalia. Ditto the Boko Haram region in Nigeria.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2015 October 17 12:46 PM 

Jim said at October 18, 2015 7:04 AM:

Does the official murder rate in Mexico include "disappeared" persons? I would guess not. Amnesty International estimates some 85,000 "disappeared" persons in Mexico over the last several years. The discovery of mass graves in Mexico seems almost routine. The official murder rate, high as it is, may be substantially less than the actual murder rate.

PRCD said at October 18, 2015 5:08 PM:

Northern Sinai is ruled by the Bedouin - nomads whom no one has really ever controlled.

PRCD said at October 18, 2015 5:10 PM:

Northern Sinai is ruled by the Bedouin - nomads whom no one has controlled

Toddy Cat said at October 19, 2015 10:49 AM:

I've seen the American elites implement some deranged policies in the last fifty years, but the idea of an open border with Mexico has to be one of the most insane. The idea of an open border between the U.S. and Mexico makes our Vietnam policy look like a sane, measured, well-considered act of statesmanship, by comparison...

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