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Eighth Annual U.S.-Mexico Security Conference: Taking Stock of Mexico's Security Landscape One Year On

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The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute was pleased to host its eighth annual Mexican security review. The forum examined the pressing security challenges Mexico faces, such as the record number of homicides in 2019, and how it plans to respond. Other topics covered included efforts to fight corruption and impunity; trends in security and migration enforcement on Mexico's southern border; the status of U.S.-Mexico security cooperation; and how illegal drug markets are evolving in Mexico and the United States. Two new research papers, one on the formation of Mexico's National Guard, and the other on countering the evolving drug trade in the Americas, were presented. The conference featured leading policy analysts from Mexico and the United States.

Opening Remarks
Duncan Wood

Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

Panel 1: A Look Back on 2019
Edna Jaime

"Social Programs and the Challenges of Reducing Crime and Violence in Mexico."
Global Fellow, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center; Director General, México Evalúa

David Shirk
"Patterns and Drivers of Crime and Violence in Mexico in 2019."
Global Fellow, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center; Professor, University of San Diego; Director, Justice in Mexico Project

Alejandro Hope
"Mexico's New Security Strategy and the Role of the National Guard."
Security Analyst
Columnist, El Universal

Moderator: Eric L. Olson, Global Fellow, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center; Director for Policy, Seattle International Foundation

Panel 2: The Challenges Ahead
Inigo Guevara

"The Origins and Deployment of Mexico's National Guard."
Director at Jane's Aerospace, Defense and Security

Max Kaiser

Anti-Corruption Director, COPARMEX

Maureen Meyer
"Trends in Security and Migration Enforcement on Mexico's Southern Border."
Director for Mexico and Migrant Rights, Washington Office on Latin America

Celina Realuyo
"The Evolving Drug Trade and Criminal Landscape in Mexico."
Professor of Practice, William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, The National Defense University

Earl Anthony Wayne
"Current Status of Mexico-U.S. Security Cooperation."
Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico
Public Policy Fellow & Advisory Board Co-Chair, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

Moderator: Christopher Wilson Deputy Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

Closing Remarks
Eric L. Olson

Global Fellow, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
Director of Policy, Seattle International Foundation