About the Mexico Institute

The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by José Antonio Fernández Carbajal and Roger W. Wallace, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute.

The Institute maintains an ongoing focus on five key issues in U.S.-Mexico relations:

The Latest from the Mexico Institute

Plan Tamaulipas: A New Security Strategy for a Troubled State

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Oct 09, 2014
Recognizing that the situation in Tamaulipas had reached crisis levels, in May, 2014, Mexico's top security officials met with their state level counterparts in Tamaulipas to unveil a new security strategy. This short report analyzes the new strategy, describes the challenging local context, and offers a few recommendations that could serve to strengthen the effort. more
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The United States and Mexico: Partners in a Competitive Global Economy

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October 14, 2014 // 9:00am10:00am
The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute hosted Mexico's Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo who discussed a vision of North American economic integration and analyzed the impact of Mexico’s structural reforms. more
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What is the reality? - The Expert Take

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Sep 26, 2014
With time, the coverage, quality, and timeliness of economic data published in Mexico has changed. The National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI for its Spanish acronym) does quality work but has paces and delimited periods for technical reasons. Banco de México (the central bank of Mexico) does the same. On the other side, the Ministry of Finance (SHYCP for its acronym in Spanish) has declined in detail and timeliness. In other agencies, the information is published with substantial delays. more

Now for the Hard Part: Renewing Regional Cooperation on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience

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Sep 22, 2014
Even before NAFTA and 9/11, the United States, Canada, and Mexico all recognized the need to secure critical infrastructure and to collaborate with their continental neighbors in doing so. This paper identifies challenges to critical infrastructure security and resilience (CISR) among the countries and provides recommendations for going forward. more
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Revisiting Our Black Mosaic: Black Mosaic 20th Anniversary

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September 19, 2014 // 9:00am3:50pm
This symposium will address relevant urban issues over the past two decades. It serves to bridge past museum research with current initiatives and renew the community relationships that are crucial to the Museum’s work. more

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