Security and Defense

AfPak File Podcast: The Russia Connection In the Afghanistan Peace Process

Last week, Taliban officials met with senior Afghan politicians - none of them members of the government in Kabul - in Moscow. It marked the second time in recent weeks that the insurgents held meetings in Russia.

Mexico Institute Experts React to El Chapo Verdict

Duncan Wood, Director, Mexico Institute:

"More important than the conviction or the sentencing will be the information that Guzmán has shared with U.S. authorities. If it is reliable, then it could be employed to better understand how organized crime operates in Mexico, who the most important players are, and how best to hit the bottom line of drug trafficking organizations."

Christopher Wilson, Deputy Director, Mexico Institute: 

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.

The Potential for a U.S.-Canadian Spacefaring Partnership: Canada’s Role in The U.S. Return to Space Leadership

AfPak File Podcast: The US/Taliban Talks: Significance, Implications, And Next Steps

In recent days, the United States and the Taliban reportedly agreed to a framework for a potential deal - one that could involve the Taliban denying space to international terror groups and to an eventual withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

AfPak File Podcast: Unpacking the Relationship Between Tehran and the Taliban

Dispatches: February 2019

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Extortionomics and Ideas to Leverage the Digital Revolution

Mexico has been labeled and praised as one of the countries that “has done well” because it implemented several reforms—some of which were both profound and transforming—in topics such as macroeconomic stability, antitrust, and energy, among others. In certain cases, the country implemented only gradual reforms and stakeholders opposed to the changes have not been affected. In spite of this, the effort did not translate into faster growth rates.

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