Mexico Institute Senior Advisor Eric Olson is the guest for part three of the series, “Charting a New Course.” In this episode we focus on the policy of shared responsibility between the U.S. and Mexico regarding security relations. How has the Merida Initiative evolved and does it still provide the appropriate framework for security cooperation? That question and others provides the focus for this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


Eric L. Olson is Associate Director of the Latin American Program and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. His research and writing has focused on security issues and the impacts of crime, organized crime, and violence on democratic governance.  He has also written extensively about U.S. security assistance in Mexico and Central America.  Among his most recent publications are, “The Evolving Merida Initiative and the Policy of Shared Responsibility in U.S.-Mexico Security Relations,” and “Crime and Violence in Central America’s Northern Triangle: How U.S. Policy is Helping, Hurting, and can be Improved.”  He also co-edited two volumes on U.S.-Mexico relations including “Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence,” (Wilson Center, 2014), and “Shared Responsibility: U.S.-Mexico Policy Options for Confronting Organized Crime.” (Wilson Center, 2010). Prior to joining the Wilson Center he was a Senior Specialist in the Department for Promotion of Good Governance at the Organization of American States from 2006-2007. He served as Advocacy Director for the Americas at Amnesty International USA from 2002-2006.

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.