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The State of Citizen Security in Mexico: 2014 in Review and the Year Ahead

The end of 2014 marked the second full year of Enrique Peña Nieto’s six-year term as Mexico’s president. While last year saw a victory for his administration with the February arrest of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, President Peña Nieto was also faced with major challenges and substantial public frustration due to Mexico’s on-going rule of law and security problems. 

What Will Obama & EPN Discuss?

On January 6, 2015, Presidents Enrique Peña Nieto and Barack Obama met in Washington, DC to discuss the bilateral relationship. Mexico Institute staff discussed what main issues should be on the agenda.

First, Andrew Selee discusses four issues on the agenda between the Presidents that are critical for both countries. Second, Duncan Wood says it is crucial that the United States and Mexico seize the opportunity to reinvigorate their mutual public security agenda. Lastly, Christopher Wilson discusses the three main issues that should be on the bilateral agenda.

Underplayed Conflicts of 2014

I have spent my life covering wars, revolutions, and uprisings—more than forty years’ worth of them now. As I looked through annual rundowns of the Big Stories of 2014, I found three types of conflicts that were not on many lists but should be. Each, for different reasons, represents a trend worth paying attention to.

1. The Soft Conflicts.

Arctic Borders Still Aren't Settled

Even with the world's longest peaceful border and advanced mapping capabilities, Canada and the United States disagree about where their Arctic border begins and ends, specifically in the Beaufort Sea. Furthermore, Canada's claims to the Northwest Passage, Beaufort Sea, and continental shelf put it at odds with other Arctic states as well.

First Annual North American Energy Forum: Energy Infrastructure Futures

First Annual North American Energy Forum: Energy Infrastructure Futures


The Takeaways

35 Ways to Improve North American Competitiveness

35 Ways to Improve North American Competitiveness

The Takeaways:

1. North American collaboration is critical to the region’s future global competitiveness. However, rather than taking a single approach, the core operating principle should be subsidiarity—doing what makes sense at the level it makes sense.

Is Russia planning a winter offensive?

The buildup of separatist forces in Donetsk, Ukraine, and Moscow's patently confrontational tone are raising the specter of another offensive in eastern Ukraine before winter grips the region. On Wednesday, NATO warned that "columns of Russian equipment, primarily Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air defense systems and Russian combat troops" had been spotted entering Ukraine.

Is this crisis about to flare up again, just two months after Russia withdrew its forces?

Duncan Wood and Alejandro Hope on Mexico’s drug cartels and ongoing violence

" For years, violent drug cartels have terrorized large parts of Mexico. Armed with sophisticated weapons, they are engaged in major drug trafficking and other illegal activities. It's estimated that more than 80,000 people have been killed since Mexico launched a war on the cartels in 2006 and thousands more have been kidnapped, some have even been beheaded. Amid all the violence, Mexico has also faced allegations of government and police corruptions. Journalists who have dared to cover these issues are often murdered."

Why Sending Weapons to Ukraine Would be a Terrible Idea for the US

The Ukraine Freedom Support Act, passed last month by the US senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, could mark a new kind of policy for the US in Ukraine.  It doesn’t propose new sanctions, or the “major non-NATO ally” designation for Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, but instead grants permission to send Ukraine a variety of weapons, ammunition, and specialized equipment to fill gaps in its current military’s capabilities, with $350 million authorized for this fiscal year.

The First Binational Forum on Migration and the Right to an Identity








The Woodrow Wilson Center's Mexico Institute and the Be Foundation were pleased to host the First Binational Forum on Migration and the Right to an Identity: The Double Invisibility of Mexican Migrants in light of Potential U.S. Immigration Reform. The forum provided for the analysis and discussion of the phenomenon of immigrants whose births went unregistered and who, as a result, lack proof of identity and nationality.