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Our Shared Border: Success Stories in U.S.-Mexico Collaboration

Our Shared Border commends the extraordinary achievements of the four winners and eight finalists of the Border Research Partnership's 2011 Awards for U.S.-Mexico Cross-Border Cooperation and Innovation. These twelve projects represent the best of the U.S.-Mexico relationship, showing how collaboration and a sense of community make the border the place where our countries come together, rather than where they are divided.

By honoring and encouraging the outstanding work of local leaders, the publication seeks to offer a "counter-narrative" to the frequent media portrayals of violence and poverty in the border region. Though such challenges are real, the narratives in this publication remind us that there is at least as much to celebrate.

The Border Research Partnership, comprised of the Wilson Center's Mexico Institute, the Arizona State University's North American Center for Transborder Studies, and the Colegio de la Frontera Norte, would like to thank the Council for State Governments-West and our outstanding bi-national selection committee for their support of the awards and publication.


About the Author

Robert Donnelly

Robert Donnelly

Program Associate, Mexico Institute;
Program Associate
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Mexico Institute

The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by Luis Téllez and Earl Anthony Wayne, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute.   Read more

Latin America Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin America Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more