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Taking Stock of Mexico's Security Landscape

The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute invites you to attend its fifth annual Mexican security review. The forum will provide a careful examination of security challenges in Mexico, featuring presentations from leading policy analysts, including David Shirk, Viridiana Rios, Matthew Ingram, and others. Of particular interest will be a review of 2017 and a discussion of trends in 2018, including establishing new bonds in U.S.-Mexico military-to-military relations and strengthening the rule of law in Mexico.

Is Brazil’s Electronic Voting System Safe from Fraud and Manipulation?

A Conversation with Justice Gilmar Mendes, President of Brazil’s Superior Electoral Court

About the Police and the Internal Security Law

I wrote about this a year ago, but the current situation forces reiteration:

1.      I am opposed to the internal security law in the terms discussed by the Chamber of Deputies because it generates risks (described profusely by Mexico’s National Commission on Human Rights—CNDH) and it does not particularly solve any specific issue. It fails even its central objective: it does not provide legal security to the elements of the armed forces. Quickly, it will face numerous challenges in the courts prolonging the uncertainty in which military personnel operate.

Update on the State of Human Rights in Mexico with Luis Raúl González Pérez, President of Mexico's National Commission on Human Rights

The Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center is pleased to host Mr. Luis Raúl González Pérez, President of Mexico’s National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) for a conversation on the current state of human rights in Mexico. Please note that the conversation will be in Spanish.

The War on Drugs: The Narco States of North America

Too many Americans are dying from trafficked illegal drugs, and too many Mexicans are dying from violence related to the criminal gangs that traffic drugs. That is the unfortunate summary of a shared problem: Mexican organized crime groups help feed U.S. demand for illegal drugs, and in turn, many billions of U.S. dollars feed the violence and corruption which the criminal groups spawn in Mexico.

PODCAST | Viridiana Rios on Income Inequality, Rule of Law, and the Mexican Elections

Time for Mexico to Take its Destiny into its Own Hands

At a recent event on North American energy at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., the inaugural speech was given by Mexican Ambassador Gerónimo Gutiérrez. In a somber mood, Gutiérrez talked of the importance of continuing collaboration on energy policy but emphasized the risks of the failure of the NAFTA negotiations currently under way between the three North American governments.

Putin’s Political Machine Defeats Its Purpose

Recently, within the space of just two weeks, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin replaced eleven regional heads. Most of the new men (they are all men) are younger and better educated than their predecessors. Most of them did not gain firsthand experience running things during the Soviet era and are not of military or special services background. They are mid-level apparatchiks, managers, economists.