Border Security Publications

Crime and Violence in Mexico and Central America: An Evolving But Incomplete US Policy Response

Jan 01, 2013
In this report, we first survey the causes for the rise of violent crime in Mexico, and the Northern Triangle of Central America. We then look at the US policy response to date. We conclude by offering a few suggestions on how the US policy response could be significantly improved in the short and medium term to respond better to the underlying challenges that the countries of the region are facing, problems in which our own country is deeply implicated. more

Border Insecurity in Central America's Northern Triangle

Nov 01, 2012
The recent surge in drug trafficking and violent crime in Central America has drawn a spotlight to the perennial problem of lawlessness along the borders of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Throughout their histories, governments in these countries have neglected their peripheries. more

New Approaches to Migration Management in Mexico and Central America

Oct 01, 2012
Until recently, the outflow of Mexicans to the United States dominated the attention of Mexican politicians, policymakers, and migration researchers, but public attention has shifted in recent years to the phenomenon of transit migration. Over the past two decades, Mexico has increasingly become a destination for Central American migrants seeking to enter the United States; many remain in Mexico for extended periods and, in some cases, settle permanently. more

Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime in the Americas: Major Trends in the Twenty-First Century

Aug 01, 2012
In this new publication, Bruce Bagley examines adaptations and trends in the illicit drug economy over the last several decades. more

The Legal Side of Mexican Immigration

Jun 27, 2012
In this brief, Mexico Institute's Senior Adviser on immigration David R. Ayón, looks into legal Mexican immigration to the U.S., utilizing new data from the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Immigration Statistics. more

The State of Trade, Competitiveness and Economic Well-being in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region

Jun 06, 2012
More than a billion dollars of goods are traded across the US-Mexico border each day. With so much commerce, efficient and secure border management is essential to promote the competitiveness of the US and Mexico. This report identifies strategies to meet this challenge. more

Considering New Strategies for Confronting Organized Crime in Mexico

Mar 29, 2012
The Mexico Institute presents a new publication on U.S.-Mexico security cooperation by Senior Associate Eric L. Olson that challenges the conventional wisdom about crime and violence in Mexico and suggests new strategies for effectively addressing the security threats posed by organized crime. more

The Rebellion of Criminal Networks: Organized Crime in Latin America and the Dynamics of Change

Mar 22, 2012
This essay introduces the concept of the “rebellion” of criminal networks” to explain the current dynamic of and context within which organized crime operates. The author also outlines the changes that have fostered the emergence of local markets for illegal drugs. The essay concludes with ten recommendations. more

Dependent America?: How Canada and Mexico Construct U.S. Power by Stephen Clarkson and Matto Mildenberger

Dependent America? How Canada and Mexico Construct U.S. Power

Jan 31, 2012
Following the acclaimed Uncle Sam and Us (2002) and the influential Does North America Exist? (2008), Stephen Clarkson—the preeminent analyst of North America’s political economy—and Matto Mildenberger turn continental scholarship on its head by showing how Canada and Mexico contribute to the United States’ wealth, security, and global power. more

Our Shared Border: Success Stories in U.S.-Mexico Collaboration

Dec 01, 2011
Our Shared Border highlights twelve success stories of cross-border collaboration and innovation between Mexico and the United Sates, offering a counter-narrative to frequent media portrayals of violence and poverty in the border region. more

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The Future of Higher Education

Mar 26, 2014Apr 02, 2014

Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.