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El Chapo Escapes: Major Setback for Mexico’s War on Organized Crime

The drug lord known as “El Chapo” has escaped from a maximum security prison for a second time. What are the implications for Mexico’s war on organized crime? Mexico Institute Director Duncan Wood provides an overview.

Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border 2015 Conference

The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute will host its second annual high-level conference on the topic of “building a competitive U.S.-Mexico border.” Issues from infrastructure and transportation to energy and innovation will be on the agenda, with participants expected to include Senator John Cornyn and Ambassador Alejandro Estivill. We spoke with Mexico Institute Deputy Director, Chris Wilson, and he provides a preview of the conference in this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

Youth Repatriation in Guatemala: The Realities of Returning Home

In the summer of 2014, record numbers of migrants from Central American countries, many of them unaccompanied minors, were intercepted at the U.S.-Mexico border. In the United States, much of the debate in the media and in Congress focused on how to process and return these migrants to their countries of origin—but what happens to these migrants after they are returned?  This event features two of the authors of a new paper published by the Latin American Program on the repatriation of Guatemalan migrants.

Governing the Ungovernable: Frontier Rule along the Afghanistan-Pakistan Border and Beyond

The Afghanistan-Pakistan border region is a large, ungoverned space and a constant source of instability. Both countries have long grappled with the question of how to rule this rugged frontier, which many regard as ungovernable. Pakistan employs a draconian law known as the Frontier Crimes Regulation, originally instituted by the British Raj in 1872, and with destabilizing and violent results.

Promoting Peace and Prosperity in Honduras: A Conversation with His Excellency Juan Orlando Hernández, President of the Republic of Honduras

Honduras is one of three Northern Triangle Countries in Central America that has experienced significant challenges in recent years. In response to the 2014 crisis of child migration, Honduras has joined with its neighbors to develop a forward-looking plan to address the economic and security needs that are motivating migration.

Presidente hondureño: Migración infantil a EEUU ha descendido un 75%


“La inmigración de niños del año pasado para acá en el caso de Honduras se ha reducido más de un 75 por ciento” y “los índices de violencia han bajado más de un 20 por ciento”, dijo Hernández en el think tank Wilson Center en Washington.


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Surge continues but not as many Central American migrants reaching U.S.


How America Can Step Up Its Leadership Role in the Arctic

On April 24, the United States will assume the chairmanship of the Arctic Council for two years. The Council is an eight-country forum, which since its inception in 1996, has successfully governed pan-Arctic cooperation on a consensus basis. A key question for the United States is whether the current complex geopolitical environment and tense atmosphere in Russian relations with the West will impinge future Arctic cooperation.

The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition: Infographic