Border Security News


The U.S.-Mexico Border: Reporting on an Economy in Transition

Feb 03, 2015
The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute has released a new report, “The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition.” The report provides insight into day to day life and commerce along the border, and provides a series of recommendations to strengthen competitiveness. We spoke with Mexico Institute Senior Associate, Chris Wilson, to learn more about both the unique process behind the report and also about some of the best ideas emerging from the year-long project. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Better Late than Never: Lessons Learned from Mexican Truck Drivers in the United States

Feb 02, 2015
On Friday, January 9, 2015, the United States Department of Transportation made an important announcement that has not received the recognition it deserves: the Department of Transportation will begin to process applications of Mexican land freight trucking companies wishing to provide international services in the United States. This topic is worth remembering for the lessons it leaves us with.

Bold Dialog Needed in Budapest

Feb 02, 2015
Eastern European Studies Scholar, Tibor Purger, writes about the challenges faced by the U.S. Ambassador in Hungary and the need for bold dialog.

"Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence" Briefing Paper Series

Jan 14, 2015
This briefing series is a continuation of the project "Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence," a multiyear effort by the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Justice in Mexico Project at the University of San Diego to analyze the obstacles to and opportunities for improving citizen security in Mexico.

What Will Obama & EPN Discuss?

Jan 07, 2015
This week, Presidents Enrique Peña Nieto and Barack Obama meet at the White House. Mexico Institute staff discuss main issues for the bilateral agenda in the upcoming year.

Underplayed Conflicts of 2014

Dec 31, 2014
"As I looked through annual rundowns of the Big Stories of 2014, I found three types of conflicts that were not on many lists but should be. Each, for different reasons, represents a trend worth paying attention to," writes Robin Wright.

Is Russia planning a winter offensive?

Nov 13, 2014
"The invasion of Ukraine and confrontation with the West have whipped up nationalist sentiment, but Russia has run out of foreign policy victories to feed to the fire," writes Michael Kofman.

Duncan Wood and Alejandro Hope on Mexico’s drug cartels and ongoing violence

Nov 07, 2014
Director Duncan Wood and Alejandro Hope discuss the ongoing violence and what Mexico is doing to combat the cartels on CCTV America's The Heat.

Why Sending Weapons to Ukraine Would be a Terrible Idea for the US

Oct 27, 2014
"The Ukraine Freedom Support Act grants permission to send Ukraine a variety of weapons, ammunition, and specialized equipment to fill gaps in its current military’s capabilities. But it completely misunderstands what Ukraine needs. And if the US goes down this road, it will be sleepwalking into a proxy conflict with Russia," writes Michael Kofman.

Jane Harman on The Daily Rundown

Oct 20, 2014
Jane Harman comments on the developing ISIL situation; what might happen if ISIL did, in fact, obtain three fighter jets, the power and success of the Kurdish fighters, and the role that Turkey has played in the conflict.