Mexico Publications

Ad-hoc Hearing: Redefining Border Security - Border Communities Demand to be Heard in the Comprehensive Immigration Debate

Sep 16, 2013
Testifying at an ad-hoc hearing in front of Border Caucus members Rep. Grijalva, Rep. Vela, and Rep. O'Rourke, Mexico Institute Associate Christopher Wilson addressed the important issue of U.S.-Mexico trade in the context of the current immigration reform debate. more

Understanding and Addressing Youth in “Gangs” in Mexico

Aug 26, 2013
This report defines the gang issue in Mexico, briefly describes U.S.-Mexico bilateral efforts on youth gang prevention via the Merida Initiative, and provides policy recommendations for the U.S. and Mexican governments on how to best support civil society and strengthen relevant state institutions. more

The Criminal Diaspora: The Spread of Transnational Organized Crime and How to Contain its Expansion

Aug 25, 2013
This publication examines the multiple causes leading to the expansion and diffusion of organized crime across Latin America and globally. more

Civic Engagement and the Judicial Reform: The role of civil society in reforming criminal justice in Mexico

Aug 22, 2013
This report focuses on the role played by civil society in Mexico's judicial reform process, highlighting the efforts of organizations that have been influential and emblematic of civic activism in this area. more

The Victims' Movement in Mexico

Aug 22, 2013
This paper seeks to examine the composition of victims groups in Mexico, their organizational structure and internal divisions, and helps shed light on a number of facets of this social movement. more

Civil Society, the Government and the Development of Citizen Security

Aug 07, 2013
This paper dissects the attempts, with varying degrees of success, of civil society and business associations to interact with authorities on security issues in four Mexican cities: Juarez, Monterrey, Nuevo Laredo and Tijuana. more

The Second Democratic Transition in Mexico: Efforts, obstacles and challenges to Mexico in the quest for a comprehensive, coordinated, consistent form of accountability

Jul 30, 2013
During the last decade, Mexico has implemented a comprehensive set of institutional reforms to combat discretion, inefficiency and corruption. After the successful efforts beginning in the last decades to build a new electoral system that allowed a peaceful transition from a single party regime to a pluralist democracy, the public agenda began focusing on challenging the traditional way to exercise authority gained in the polls. This text is a brief summary of the set of changes and challenges Mexico has faced during this period as well as of the vigorous debate on how to build complete, articulate, and coherent accountability in the country. more

Duncan Wood Testifies Before Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Jun 18, 2013
Mexico's security strategy is evolving with a focus on coordination and violence reduction. Although tensions have emerged in the short term, the long term offers a number of prospects for fruitful collaboration between the United States and Mexico in the security arena. more

Tax Reform In Latin America: A Long-Term Assessment

Jun 06, 2013
Vito Tanzi's keynote speech at our taxation event on December 11, 2013. more

The State of the Border Report

May 23, 2013
As the debate over immigration reform has brought the management of the U.S.-Mexico border back into the spotlight, this report provides a comprehensive look at the state of affairs in the management of the U.S.-Mexico border and the border region, focusing on four core areas: trade and competitiveness, security, sustainability, and quality of life. The report suggests that rather than consider each issue individually, the interdependent nature of topics like trade and security demand the border be approached from a more holistic perspective. 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.