Crime Publications

Global Drug Trafficking: Africa's Expanding Role

Jul 07, 2011
Africa's role in the drug trafficking industry is a strong testament to the interplay of supply and demand market expansion, to the hybridization of transnational organized crime syndicates, as well as to the need for a paradigm shift in domestic, regional and international approaches to drug trafficking interdiction. On May 28, 2009, the Africa Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center convened a conference to assess the situation of international drug trafficking and the increasingly important role that Africa plays. more

Remarks for House Forum on Violence and Firearms Trafficking to Mexico

Jun 30, 2011
Prepared for a Congressional Forum on Violence and Firearms Trafficking to Mexico, held on Thursday, June 30, 2011. more

Update on U.S. Firearms Trafficking to Mexico Report

Apr 01, 2011
Since the Mexico Institute published its report entitled “U.S. Firearms Trafficking to Mexico: New Data and Insights Illuminate Key Trends and Challenges” in September 2010, there is new information on the use of weapons, government actions, and challenges related to the issue, but there has been little or no movement on some of the key underlining problems. more

Testimony Before Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: A Shared Responsibility: Counternarcotics and Citizen Security in the Americas

Mar 31, 2011
Prepared for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations' Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Narcotics Affairs. March 31, 2011. more

A Profile of Mexico's Major Organized Crime Groups

Mar 01, 2011
The purpose of this fact sheet is to shed light on the structure of the criminal organizations operating in Mexico and the United States, as well as to provide background information and analysis on the rapidly evolving nature of organized crime. more

GAO Report Finds Merida Initiative Needs Better Performance Measures

Jul 21, 2010
On July 21st, the investigative arm of the U.S. Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), released a report assessing the Merida Initiative—a security cooperation program that guides U.S.-Mexico collaboration to confront organized crime and drug trafficking organizations. more

Beyond Merida: The Evolving Approach to Security Cooperation

May 01, 2010
While the majority of U.S. funding in the first phase of the Merida Initiative went to expensive equipment, particularly aircraft, the new approach shifts the focus toward institution building. It will attempt to create successful pilot projects, most likely in Tijuana and/or Ciudad Juarez, using a comprehensive approach to public security that could presumably be replicated in other parts of Mexico. more

Shattered Dreams and Restoring Hope: Organized crime and violence on the U.S.-Mexico border

Feb 22, 2010
Our group of seven is part of a joint research and writing project to examine the effectiveness of US and Mexican efforts to confront transnational organized crime that is tearing apart communities in both countries. Our project starts with the assumption that both countries have a shared responsibility to address the violence and underlying causes giving rise to the current crises in places like Ciudad Juarez. more

U.S.-Mexico National Security Cooperation against Organized Crime: The Road Ahead

Sep 01, 2009
Calderón took an important step forward for Mexico’s national security interest by collaborating with the United States and sharing the responsibility of tackling organized crime. Will Calderón’s successor continue down this road? Can we foresee an equivalent to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on the security front? more

Strengthening U.S.-Mexico Cooperation against Drug Trafficking: What Can State Attorney Generals Do?

Jun 16, 2009
I would like to offer a bit of context on the current situation related to drug trafficking and organized crime in Mexico; the efforts that are going on between our two countries to address this; and specifically how the attorneys general might be able to play a leading role in these efforts, which have profound implications for our home communities as well as for the country next door. more

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Dialogue

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.