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Five Security Priorities for Mexico

The Mexico Institute of The Wilson Center gathered a group of academics and experts on security issues, to discuss how Mexico’s security panorama has changed over the last year. The consensus is clear: Mexico’s violence issues are reviving. 

Egypt: A Country Awaits a Revolution

The Egyptian government’s crushing of the 2011 popular uprising, its downplaying of those events, and, more importantly, its willful disregard for the revolution’s significance will have dire consequences not only for Egypt, but also for the entire region.

The enduring challenges the current regime has encountered since then are, in fact, likely to pave the way for yet another revolutionary wave, whose instruments and ultimate goals may well exceed those of the revolution of January 25, 2011.

Combatting Grand Corruption Internationally

"Grand corruption"--the abuse of public office by a nation's leaders--is widespread. It is costly and closely correlated with violations of human rights. The victims of grand corruption range from the poor and powerless to the major international businesses which are disadvantaged because of their dedication to operating ethically. Indignation at corruption is destabilizing many countries and creating grave dangers to international peace and security. Despite laws, treaties, and the energetic efforts of civil society, grand corruption remains endemic in many nations.

Kennan Cable No.14: Breaking the Ukrainian Procuracy

Securing the gains of revolution is often more difficult than the act of insurrection itself. The 2014 Maidan uprising has proven to be no exception to this rule, and despite notable achievements over the past two years, a growing consensus now exists that the reform process has hit a considerable, and potentially fatal roadblock: the prosecutor’s office.

U.S.-Mexico Cooperation in Drug War

Duncan Wood talked with C-SPAN's Washington Journal about the recapture of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and its implications for U.S.-Mexican cooperation in future anti-drug trafficking efforts.

“El Chapo” Recaptured in Mexico

Mexico Institute Director Duncan Wood discusses the capture of the drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán and the larger issues surrounding his arrest. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

El Chapo Set to Be Extradited to the U.S.

On January 10, 2016, Mexico Institute Director Duncan Wood joined CNN International to discuss the arrest of El Chapo, his extradition, and questions surrounding his interview with Sean Penn. 

Watch the interview here.

Mexico Security Review 2016: Assessing the Outlook for the Rule of Law

Mexico faced major security challenges in 2015. Homicides ticked upward for the first time since 2011, and Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's escape from a maximum-security prison was a major embarrassment. An OAS-linked group of independent experts examined the disappearance of 43 students in Guerrero and found major discrepancies with the official version. 2016 has started off with good news for the government with the recapture of “El Chapo,”  and this year is also the deadline for Mexico to complete the transition to an adversarial justice system.

Rule of Law and the Environment: Rights, Resources, and Governance

On January 19, 2016, the University of South Carolina Rule of Law Collaborative, in cooperation with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will host "Rule of Law and the Environment: Rights, Resources and Governance," a JusTRAC symposium that will focus on the intersection between rule of law issues and the environment. Discussion will focus on how rule of law plays a role in environmental harm and resource instability and how environment concerns and resource scarcity in turn create rule of law problems. The symposium will bring together leading figures from key U.S.

Four Questions and Observations about El Salvador’s Deteriorating Security Situation

El Salvador has become the most violent place on earth. The country’s security situation has dramatically deteriorated in recent months, with homicide rates skyrocketing over the summer to levels unseen since the country’s civil war. The wave of violence peaked in August, with over 900 homicides in one month. The homicide rate for 2015 will almost certainly exceed 100 per 100,000 individuals, compared to 68.6 in 2014 and 43.7 in 2013, according to El Salvador’s Institute of Legal Medicine (IML) and National Civil Police (PNC).