Latin America Publications

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.

Mexican-Soviet relations, 1958-1964: The Limits of Engagement

Sep 03, 2015
In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 65, author Vanni Pettinà explores the relationship between Mexico and the Soviet Union in the tumultuous period of late 1950s and early 1960s Latin America.


Aug 22, 2015
Sintesis prescriptiva de elementos y desafios para el éxito de una política pública en seguridad local (In Spanish. English summary also available)

Annual Report Update 2015

Jul 20, 2015
In June 2015, the Latin American program released its Annual Report summarizing events, publications, and outreach accomplishments from the past year.

The Origins of Nuclear Cooperation

Jul 20, 2015
The Origins of Nuclear Cooperation: A Critical Oral History Between Brazil and Argentina tells a unique and rich story about how two regional nuclear rivals de-escalated their nuclear rivalry in ways that promoted regional and international security.

A Mandate for Mexico

Jun 29, 2015
Mexico is at a critical juncture. The record shows that the first wave of reforms that began 30 years ago failed to deliver the desired boost to economic growth and competitiveness. The reforms now underway promise even bigger changes for the economy, particularly by opening up the long closed petroleum industry. This study offers a qualitative analysis of the deep economic reforms undertaken in Mexico during the past 30 years, the progress made and informed opinions on what is needed today to boost economic growth, enhance competitiveness and, hopefully, increase employment.