Air University Press releases The Hydra: The Strategic Paradox of Human Security in Mexico Published Nov. 24, 2020 Air University Press staff MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, ALABAMA -- In The Hydra: The Strategic Paradox of Human Security in Mexico, Maj. Zachary Martin explores the social climate and circumstances in Mexico that have led to increased cartel activity over the past 20 years. This Air Command and Staff College Wright Flyer series paper was selected for excellence in student research addressing current defense challenges. Analysis of these circumstances shows that both Mexico and the United States have failed in their efforts to eradicate cartels and curb violent crime and illicit drug trafficking on both sides of the border. An examination of the Mexican administrations over two decades highlights the efforts and missteps the governments have made that contribute to the rising violent crime rates throughout the country. This paper also discusses potential solutions to those problems and the difficulties both countries face in implementing them. Download it at the Air University Press website, https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/AUPress/.