An Overlooked and Underdeveloped Region in Southern Mexico

Guerrero state had the most homicides of any state in Mexico last year.

This Week in Geopolitics

|May 7, 2018

Originally produced on April 30, 2018 for Mauldin Economics, LLC

By George Friedman and Allison Fedirka

On the whole, Mexico is a fairly prosperous country. It ranks 15th in the world in terms of gross domestic product and is classified as an upper middle-income country by the World Bank. But its wealth is not distributed evenly, and Guerrero state is a perfect example of the poverty and underdevelopment that exists in many parts of the country.

Located on the Pacific coast and 120 miles (200 kilometers) southwest of Mexico City, Guerrero state had the most homicides of any state in Mexico last year. There are at least six major drug trafficking organizations operating in the state and competing for territory. Some areas of Guerrera (most notably the Chilpancingo-Chilapa corridor) have almost no government presence and are controlled mainly by drug cartels that offer to “protect” local residents in exchange for their labor in poppy fields. Though this can be attributed

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