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 Luis Téllez Kuenzler and Earl A. Wayne, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute.
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Our Issue Areas
The area of economic competitiveness has acquired extra importance given the ongoing USMCA ratification process and review of regional economic relations. The Mexico Institute is undertaking research and developing policy ideas for the next stage of U.S.-Mexico economic relations, covering issues ranging from the implementation of the USMCA to innovation and educational exchange.
Migration & Migrants
Mexico Institute work on migration covers key topics, including migration from Central America, farm labor and migrant workers' rights, border security, and opportunities for bilateral cooperation on migration.
Energy and Natural Resources
The Mexico Institute continues its work on cooperation in renewable energy between Mexico and the United States. The Institute also follows energy policies and cooperation on natural resource management between the two countries.
Rhetoric and reality on the U.S.-Mexico border are often misaligned. In an effort to promote a more realistic and holistic approach to the border, the Mexico Institute focuses on issues of economic development and competitiveness; border security and citizen security; environmental sustainability; and quality of life in the border region.
Security & Rule of Law
The Mexico Institute continues to focus on the challenges facing Mexico in the areas of the rule of law and U.S.-Mexico security cooperation, and will continue to produce policy-relevant research in this area.
Public Health in Mexico
Mexico is facing a wide array of new public health challenges, particularly as it confronts numerous challenges related to COVID-19. While policymakers and public health officials continue to deal with the problems of infectious diseases and undernutrition, they are experiencing a rapid growth in disease risk factors such as obesity, particularly in urban settings. Although committing to a universal health care system, the necessary resources have not yet been made available, and a wholesale reform of the system remains pending.
NAFTA and USMCA Resource Page
Welcome to the Wilson Center's NAFTA/USMCA Resource Page. The Mexico Institute and the Canada Institute will provide up-to-date coverage as USMCA implementation progresses. We invite you to check back frequently for updates to this resource.
The North American Workforce Development Initiative
The Mexico Institute's North American Workforce Development Initiative seeks to establish a forward-looking dialogue among the three North American countries on the issue of workforce development.
Farm Labor and Mexico’s Export Produce Industry
This study analyzes production and employment systems in selected commodities that are exported from Mexico to the United States.