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Over the weekend, Mexico held mid-term political elections that will likely be remembered more for the related violence than the candidates’ platforms.

The Mexican Federal Police, Mexico’s primary public security institution, does not have a public manual on the use-of-force, meaning no current standards define when a member of the police can use force, including lethal, on another person. 

According to the publicly available data, the administration is requesting approximately $18.7 billion in security assistance globally for FY 2016, which includes $8.3 billion in State Department-funded programs. That leaves an estimated $10.4 billion in Defense Department-funded programs where publicly available information is scant at best.

Tomorrow the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on U.S. Security Assistance to Africa. Here are four important trends on U.S. military and police aid to Africa.

In December 2006, Mexican President Felipe Calderon kicked off a new phase of the decades-long drug war when he sent thousands of federal soldiers and police into his home state of Michoacán to battle criminal groups operating in the region. This battle soon became a nationwide war that continues to this day.

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