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Countering the Evolving Drug Trade in the Americas

The illicit drug trade in the Americas has been evolving and expanding from plant-based narcotics like cocaine, heroin and marijuana to potent synthetic substances like fentanyl and methamphetamine. Since the 1980’s, the U.S. war on drugs focused on countering cocaine trafficking that made the Colombian and Mexican cartels immensely wealthy and powerful. Over the past decade, U.S.

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

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.

Brazil’s Mass Incarceration Policy Has Not Stopped Crime

How Brazil’s overcrowded and underfunded penitentiary system contributes to the country’s public security crisis

'Countering the Global Narcotics Epidemic – The United States’ Counternarcotics Strategy': Earl Anthony Wayne Testifies before the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control

 

Download the document below for full version of testimony.

Fight Cross-Border Crime with Collaboration, Not Threats

The United States and Mexico face a powerful onslaught of criminal activity damaging both countries. They need to step up cooperation now. U.S. threats are counterproductive.

Attack Fentanyl Flows Across Borders: A Real Emergency

As the United States debates “emergencies” at its southern border and negotiates a trade deal with China, U.S. leaders must confront the lethal trade in fentanyl from other North American countries and especially from China, a major player in the opioid epidemic that is killing tens of thousands of Americans each year.  

The U.S. needs to double down on efforts to assure more effective cooperation with China, Mexico and Canada, bilaterally and through a new four-way framework to halt this deadly commerce.

Mexico's Role in the Deadly Rise of Fentanyl

Executive Summary

Since surging into the market in 2013, fentanyl has become the most lethal category of opioid in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that more than 47,000 people died from an opioid overdose in 2017 in the United States—28,000 of those deaths were due to synthetic opioids, which the CDC says is largely the result of the uptick in abuse of fentanyl.

Seventh Annual U.S.-Mexico Security Conference: New Government, Old Challenges in Mexico's Security Landscape

In this seventh annual Mexican security review, the forum examined the pressing security challenges Mexico faces and how it plans to respond, including the rising importance of the fentanyl trade for organized crime. Two new research papers on fentanyl were presented. The conference also featured leading policy analysts discussing major security trends in 2019, efforts to professionalize the police, the proposed National Guard, efforts to prevent crime and reduce violence, as well as the future of U.S.-Mexico security cooperation under a new Mexican president. 

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