As Enrique Peña Nieto takes the reins as Mexico’s president, optimists in the war on drugs argue that the worst is over regarding the violence that has convulsed his country over the past six years and left at least 60,000 dead. The centerpiece of that argument is the improved situation in Ciudad Juárez, directly across the border from El Paso. For several years, Juárez has been the epicenter of fighting between drug cartels, as well as between the cartels and the Mexican government. But in the first 10 months of 2012, homicides and kidnappings in the city dropped by more than 60 percent. Reuters correspondents Dave Graham and Julian Cardona note that Mayor Hector Marguia is bubbling with optimism. “It’s a completely different city now,” Marguia stated.