Eric Olson provides commentary on Mexico-US relations. This article also ran in Yahoo! News, AlaskaDispatch.com, OnePageNews.us, and other news outlets.
In this Expert Take, David A. Shirk considers the implications of the NSA wiretapping scandal on the US-Mexico relationship. He argues that the current crisis gives President Obama an opportunity to right America's course, and to rebuild the relationship with Mexico. Both countries should ponder the NSA scandal seriously, and recognize that cooperation is not just contingent upon immediate interests but on longer-term mutual benefits.
Mexico Institute's Christopher Wilson wrote an article about the U.S.-Mexico relationship with Erik Lee and was published in Site Selection Magazine.
Steady Advances, Slow Results: U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation After Two Years of the Obama Administration
In this paper we look at what the two governments have done over the past two years to move forward on their commitments. We find that there have been steady advances in each of the areas they committed to address, but that the results so far are far less than what is needed to address the threat posed by organized crime groups.
In his new book, Midnight in Mexico, Alfredo Corchado, born in Durango and the son of an immigrant farmworker, tries to explain to his parents why he decided to return to Mexico despite their best efforts to give him and his siblings a better life on the other side of the border.
The possibility of a PRI victory had worried many observers and politicians in the United States. In this article though, Andrew Selee—director of the Mexico Institute—says that it will make surprisingly little difference for the U.S.-Mexico relationship. This is largely a tribute to how deeply interdependent the two countries are today, as well as the ways in which Mexican society has evolved over the past two decades.
What emerges in this publication is a nuanced portrait of the individuals who have been tasked with serving as the key link of the U.S. government with Mexico. Dolia Estévez's effort to bring their memories and their perspectives to light helps illuminate a little known part of the political relationship between the two countries. It also chronicles a changing relationship between these countries from "distant neighbors" to "intimate strangers," who are deeply dependent on one another and yet are only still getting to know one another well enough to manage the relationship.
The United States and Mexico are increasingly interconnected and the Mexico Institute is working to promote mutual dialogue, most recently through its U.S.-Mexico Congressional Initiative.