Reinforcing the Rule of Law and Human Rights in Mexico through U.S. Special Operations Forces Missions

18 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2014

See all articles by Kevin H. Govern

Kevin H. Govern

Ave Maria University - Ave Maria School of Law

Date Written: Fall, 2013

Abstract

This article will assess the roles and responsibilities of Special Operations Forces (SOF) within Mexico, as an active proponent of a so-called "smart power" national security strategy. In particular, it will outline the economic, political, and military challenges faced in Mexico, and specifically how and why SOF, under the new Special Operations Command Northern Command (SOCNORTH), should become the U.S. force of choice for promoting the rule of law and human rights in Mexico. With the goals of the U.S. military in mind, questions will necessarily arise as to "what success looks like" for both the United States and Mexico and the roles of each in joint and combined civil-military initiatives. Concluding comments reflect on how these forces must model "what right looks like," and the imperative that SOF operations in Mexico meet legal and doctrinal criteria for successful mission accomplishment.

Keywords: Rule of Law, Human Rights, Mexico, Smart Power, Soft Power, Hard Power, Special Operations Forces, SOF, Civil-Military, Northern Command, NORTHCOM, Special Operations Command Northern Command, SOCNORTH

JEL Classification: H56, K33, O54, N16, N26, N46

Suggested Citation

Govern, Kevin H., Reinforcing the Rule of Law and Human Rights in Mexico through U.S. Special Operations Forces Missions (Fall, 2013). NAFTA: Law and Business Review of the Americas, Vol. 19, No. 4, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2465677

Kevin H. Govern (Contact Author)

Ave Maria University - Ave Maria School of Law ( email )

1025 Commons Circle
Naples, FL 34119
United States
(239) 687-5390 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.avemarialaw.edu/faculty/kevin-h-govern/

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
58
Abstract Views
388
rank
362,417
PlumX Metrics