Border Security

Charting a New Course Part 3: U.S. – Mexico Security Relations

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.


U.S. Ambassadors: Treat Mexico as a Strategic Partner

Mexico is of enormous importance to the United States. We have strong strategic interests in a relationship of respect and collaboration with Mexico while we work through differences on trade, security and migration.

U.S.-Mexico relations touch the daily lives of more Americans than ties with any other country, whether through culture, commerce or travel. U.S. prosperity and the security of our homeland are deeply affected by the type of relationship we have with our southern neighbor.

A New Migration Agenda Between the United States and Mexico

Today, the number of Mexicans crossing the border illegally has dropped to a 40-year low, and there are almost certainly more Mexican immigrants leaving the United States than arriving. A majority of the immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are now Central Americans, and the U.S. and Mexican governments have been working closely to find ways to limit this flow and keep people from making the dangerous journey north.

What’s the Impact of President Trump’s Executive Order on the Mexico Border Wall?

Director of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute Duncan Wood explains the short and long term implications of the border wall decision on U.S.-Mexico relations.

Russia is a Fortress, But Not a Refuge

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8 Misguided Arguments on Refugees and Terrorism

Refugee resettlement in the United States is as politicized as it has been in generations. That is a shame, because our current dumbed-down debate distracts us from reforms that could attract consensus support, decreasing security risks while ensuring the program’s viability.

The Evolution of U.S.-Mexico Military Cooperation

As new—state and non-state—threats loom on the horizon, the U.S. and Mexican militaries will need to rely on deepening their connection and increasing bilateral trust to build a stronger and interdependent defense relationship.    For two neighbors that share an annual trade worth in excess of USD 534 billion along a 2,000-mile border, cementing a strong relationship built on trust should be a priority.  This event will bring together U.S. and Mexican defense and military officials that will provide their positions on the current level of defense cooperation. 

Mexico and the United States: Let's Build Prosperity and Security

President Obama will receive Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto July 22 in Washington.  This is a critical opportunity to highlight the importance of U.S.-Mexico ties, to underscore the substantial progress in cooperation, and to accentuate how the campaign rhetoric in the United States is out of tune with the reality of relations.  With the U.S. election approaching, it is crucial to take steps to preserve the unprecedented U.S.-Mexico collaboration that exists today.

Infographic | Managing the US-MX Border