Latin American Program in the News: After kingpin’s capture, new battlegrounds emerge along Texas-Mexico borderJul 26, 2013
This article on the effects of the capture of Zetas leader quotes Eric Olson and Gema Santamaría, one of the contributing authors of our most recent publication, The Criminal Diaspora.
Mexico Institute Advisory Board Member Roderic Ai Camp provides an analysis of numerous aspects of Mexican political and economic development, highlighting controversial issues related to electoral democracy, drug-related violence, poverty, human rights, and the country's economic and political relationship with the U.S.
“This guy has defined the decade,” Alfredo Corchado told the Wilson Center. “He changed the dynamics of trafficking. He was a game changer. Communities have been silenced because of him.” Alfredo Corchado worked on his book "Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent Into Darkness" while a Wilson Center public policy scholar in 2010.
CBO Report: More Spending on Border Control Will Kinda Sorta Maybe Reduce Illegal Crossings - Mexico Institute in the NewsJul 08, 2013
“The return on investment in boots-on-the-ground border control is becoming less and less over time,” said Wilson. Patrols were already doubled, in both the ‘90s and ‘00s, so that today, “every additional border agent now will do less and less."
“It’s a huge, huge buildup,” said Chris Wilson, an analyst at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. “We doubled the border patrol in the 1990s. We doubled it again in the first decade of the century. Now we’re considering doubling it again.”
Cooperatively organized by Georgetown University, Monterrey Tec, and the Wilson Center, this program brings professors and doctoral students from Monterrey Tec's Graduate School of Administration (EGAP) to Washington, DC for a month each year.
Chris Wilson of the Wilson Center's Mexico Institute says the surge could be a type of "stimulus" for border towns that are struggling economically.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s first six months: a conversation with Duncan Wood - Mexico Institute in the NewsJun 27, 2013
Mexico Institute Director Duncan Wood comments on Peña Nieto's first six months in office and the evolving security situation in Mexico.
The Mexico Institute is pleased to present the following two graphics regarding President Enrique Peña Nieto’s cabinet secretaries and his government’s five specialized cabinets.
Recent government statistics suggest that an almost decade long focus on reducing crime related violence in Mexico is working. But do the numbers accurately depict what’s really happening? Are the efforts of the new administration and its recent predecessors improving public safety and helping to change the country’s image? Our guest, David Shirk, has been following the situation for many years and offers a broad perspective on what’s gone before, the current situation, and prospects for the future during this edition of CONTEXT.