Latin America Publications

An Overview of U.S.-Mexico Border Relations

Nov 25, 2015
This essay provides an analysis of the evolution of U.S.-Mexico border relations, with a broad overview that divides the history of the relationship into five distinct periods corresponding to different modes of interaction seen in borderlands throughout the world.

Managing the Mexico-U.S. Border: Working for a More Integrated and Competitive North America

Oct 29, 2015
The border between Mexico and the United States is one of the most dynamic in the world. This essay aims to offer a holistic approach and view of the border region. It focuses on the key aspects that comprise it, and also explains the mechanisms established by Mexico and the United States, describing the strong collaboration that has been accomplished by both countries.

Climate Change Adaptation and Population Dynamics in Latin America and the Caribbean - Perspectives from the Region

Oct 13, 2015
Latin America and the Caribbean face multiple risks from a changing climate, from sea level rise to glacial melt to extreme weather and disease. Recent population trends—particularly population growth and urbanization—will continue to be an important factor in influencing the region’s vulnerability and adaptive capacity.

The Anatomy of a Relationship: A Collection of Essays on the Evolution of U.S.-Mexico Cooperation on Border Management

Oct 09, 2015
Over the past decade and a half, the United States and Mexico have transitioned from largely independent and unconnected approaches to managing the border to the development and implementation of a cooperative framework. With contributions from government officials and other top experts in the field, this collection of essays explores the development of cooperative approaches to the management of the U.S.-Mexico border. The essays will be released individually throughout the fall of 2015 and published as a volume in early 2016.

Homeland Security as a Theory of Action: The Impact on U.S./Mexico Border Management

Oct 09, 2015
The events of 9/11, accordingly, initiated a wrenching turn in the way Americans viewed globalization and the manner in which their government understood and practiced internal security and external defense. This paper examines these developments from the perspective of the relationship between Mexico and the United States and their shared management of a common border. Although the emergence of a U.S. homeland security doctrine has significantly affected all trade and travel to and from the United States, it has had special importance for and a distinctive impact on U.S. - Mexico bilateral relations.

Tough on the Weak, Weak on the Tough

Sep 29, 2015
Wilson Center Global Fellow Juan Carlos Garzón investigates the main impacts of drug law enforcement on policing and in Latin America.

Competitive Border Communities: Mapping and Developing U.S.-Mexico Transborder Industries

Sep 28, 2015
The Mexico Institute and the North American Research Partnership undertook an initiative to identify, map and analyze key industries that are highly concentrated, dynamic and binational, operating within five binational sub-regions along the entire U.S.-Mexico border. This report discusses the project's findings and provides principal recommendations.

How to Reduce Violence in Guerrero

Sep 21, 2015
Guerrero is one of the most violent and dangerous states in Mexico. In light of the gravity of the issues at hand, this article will aim to answer two closely related questions: Why did violence in Guerrero escalate over the last few years, and what can citizens and the authorities do to check the state's worrisome levels of violence? This paper is available in both English and Spanish.

Mexico: The Fight Against Corruption

Sep 21, 2015
In this paper, Mauricio Merino discusses Mexico's fight against corruption and reviews the ongoing reforms to promote transparency and curtail corruption. This paper is available in both English and Spanish.

Duros contra los débiles, débiles frente a los duros

Sep 15, 2015
Este artículo se propone identificar los principales impactos de la aplicación de las leyes de drogas en el accionar policial. El texto señala cuatro efectos asociados: 1) La represión enfocada en los delitos menores y los eslabones más débiles de la cadena; 2) Patrones de detención frecuentemente basados en estereotipos que recaen sobre las poblaciones más vulnerables; 3) Corrupción y penetración del crimen organizado; y 4) Uso desmedido de la fuerza y violaciones a los Derechos Humanos.