Political Risk Analysis: Guatemala and Mexico's OTHER Border
As the car wound around a tight bend, the Mexican police officer who gave me a ride pointed off towards the rugged green mountains just ahead. “That’s Guatemala,” he explained. In recent years, the verdant ranch country along the Mexico-Guatemala border has become a hotspot for transnational criminal organizations. “A narco used to live there,” he said, nodding his head towards a ranch property on the side of the highway. Alongside the road residents took baths in irrigation canals, laying t-shirts down by the water’s edge. The towns on the Mexican side of the border are some of the poorest in Mexico, but most of these communities are still much better off than their counterparts in Guatemala. We passed a large farm where the wide open land was lined with carefully trimmed cherry trees. “It’s mostly Guatemalans who work here,” the officer explained.