saranya vijayakumar '18 mexican drug cartel syndicate

saranya vijayakumar '18
mexican drug cartel syndicate

Topic A: Turf Wars

The annual illegal drug trade market is worth $352 billion. While all four Leyva brothers were killed, and the US and Mexican governments have been cracking down on the drug trade in Mexico, drug cartels have continued to control Mexico’s government and society. This committee will explore the link between terrorism and the drug trade, arms trade, as well as land disputes between the different cartels. 


Saranya Vijayakumar is a junior in Lowell House at Harvard, concentrating in Computer Science and Government. Saranya is interested in Cybersecurity, and did research on encryption products at the Berkman Center at Harvard Law School. Saranya is also involved in Girls Who Code and Developers for Development, a group that provides technology for international NGOs. She also runs National Security policy for the Institute of Politics at Harvard. Saranya can’t wait to meet the delegates at WorldMUN 2017!


Topic B: Politicization of Cartels

The methods used to combat the cartels have changed minimally, even as the cartel landscape has changed drastically. From changes in technology to an increase in diversification of drugs, to an increased presence in the government and in politics, the cartels are constantly shifting the way they function to stay present and continue to grow.