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Mexican Exodus: Emigrants, Exiles, and Refugees of the Cristero War

Mexican Exodus investigates the intersections between Mexico’s Cristero War (1926-1929) and Mexican migration to the United States during the late 1920s. The book traces the formation, actions, and ideologies of the Cristero diaspora, a network of tens of thousands of Mexican emigrants, exiles, and refugees across the United States who supported a Catholic uprising against the anticlerical Mexican government from beyond the border.

Charting a New Course Part 4: U.S. – Mexico Migration Agenda

Mexico Institute Senior Advisor and Wilson Center Executive Vice President Andrew Selee is the guest for part four of the series, “Charting a New Course.” In this episode we focus on the migration agenda and related issues and policies between the U.S. and Mexico. Immigration issues have loomed large in U.S. politics for some time now, but how much is really understood about migration patterns between the North American neighbors?  Selee sheds much needed light on an issue too often the subject of heat in this edition of Wilson Center NOW


Charting a New Course: Policy Options for the Next Stage in U.S.-Mexico Relations

The Mexico Institute is pleased to announce the launch of its series, Charting a New Course: Policy Options for the Next Stage in U.S.-Mexico Relations, which reevaluates the U.S.-Mexico relationship and explores how both nations can improve upon the bilateral agenda given changes in the regional and global context.

Ground Truth Briefing: Is Climate-Related Migration a National Security Issue?

In this conversation, three veteran analysts of climate change and migration discuss the impact upon national and international security - and what policymakers should do about it. 

From West Africa to the Middle East, Water and the Rise of Insurgencies in the "Arc of Instability"

Water scarcity has contributed to an “arc of instability” characterized by conflict and displacement that stretches from West Africa to the Middle East, said a panel of experts at the Wilson Center on March 1. Two authors from an upcoming compilation of case studies on water security and violent conflict by World Wildlife Fund gave overviews of challenges in Nigeria and Iran and recommendations for U.S. engagement.

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.

Migration, Trafficking, and Organized Crime in Central America, Mexico, and the United States

Migrant smuggling, trafficking in persons, and the role of organized crime have been a serious problem for the U.S., Mexico, and Central America for some time.  Understanding how these criminal networks work, and their impact on women and children in particular is an ever changing mystery.  Please watch our webcast for an in-depth discussion about the current dynamics in the movement of people from Central America to the north and how they are impacted by criminal organizations:

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.