Security, security collaboration, and organized crime have continued to be major issues on the bilateral agenda in the last year. Efforts to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement institutions, intelligence sharing, and investments in violence prevention programs have been the center piece of the bilateral agenda. In this context, the Institute has continued its cutting edge research and publications focused in key areas of concern for policymakers such as money laundering, firearms trafficking, and efforts to build greater technical capacity within the police and justice sector. The Institute has also convened high-level meetings to consider some of the latest policy options and strategies available for confronting organized crime. The Institute's efforts also include looking at the role of civic engagement in promoting public security in Mexico. This year the Institute is expanding its research agenda to look at transparency and the rule of law in Mexico.