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In Search of Arctic Energy

We would like to thank ExxonMobil Corporation for its contribution to In Search of Arctic Energy. 


The Legal Side of Mexican Immigration

Integration into American society of millions of Mexicans with Legal Permanent Residence is a major chapter of the modern American immigrant experience and a key dimension of contemporary U.S.-Mexico relations. This is, however, an uneven process with advances and challenges that are obscured from view by an exaggerated image of Mexican migration as illegal.

This Mexico Institute Brief features new data obtained from the Office of Immigration Statistics of the Department of Homeland Security on the last twenty-five years of legal and legalized Mexican immigration.

Mexico Institute: May Highlights

Mexico Institute, May 2012

Each month, the Mexico Institute will review and highlight the month’s activities and feature them here. Visitors will be able to watch the recap from our most recent events, browse our new publications, and read articles that feature key media appearances of the Mexico Institute staff. We hope you will find this review useful and informative. Enjoy!

Mexico Institute in the News: A Look at the Mexican Election from a U.S. Perspective [in Spanish]

Reforma/El Norte, 6/21/2012

Four 'Mexicanists' that reside in the U.S. give their opinion on the presidential race, predict the winner, possible risks to the country, the initial actions that are needed from the candidate and the adjustments that must be done to combat organized crime. Christopher Wilson, Associate at the Mexico Institute, comments.

Click on the pdf below to see the rest of the feature.

The Impact of Local Law Enforcement at the Canada-U.S. Border

Mathieu Ferland, Director of International Relations, Sûreté du Québec

James Horton, Assistant Director, New York State Office of Homeland Security

Frédéric Lemieux, Director, Police Science and Security & Safety Leadership Programs, George Washington University

Michael J. Manning, Field Manager, Homeland Security Unit of the Vermont State Police

The State of Trade, Competitiveness and Economic Well-being in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region

More than a billion dollars of goods are traded across the US-Mexico border each day. With so much commerce, efficient and secure border management is essential to promote the competitiveness and economic well-being of not only the border region, but also the interior states of the US and Mexico. This report identifies strategies to meet the challenge of the dual mandate to manage the border in a manner that promotes security and trade at the same time.

Geopolitics, States, and Networks in Central Eurasia

Authors and scholars Alexander Cooley and Alexander Kupatadze discuss their research into the interplay of geopolitics and local networks across Central Asia.

Latin American Program in the News: Business: A welcomed new partner in citizen security

For the event on reducing murder rates in Central America, go here.