This working paper explores the rise of citizens' self-defense groups in Mexico’s western state of Michoacán. It is based on extensive field research. The militias arguably mark the most significant social and political development in Mexico's seven years of criminal hyper-violence. Their surprisingly effective response to a large criminal organization has put the government in a dilemma of if, and how, it plans to permanently incorporate the volatile organizations into the government’s security strategy.
The Mexico Institute is pleased to partner with USAID Mexico, the Council of State Governments West, the U.S. Congressional Border Caucus, and the North American Research Partnership on the “U.S.- Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forums 2014.” This initiative brings together key business, government and other stakeholders to discuss the future of the U.S.-Mexico border economy with particular emphasis on four crossborder regions.
Testimony at the House Committee on Homeland Security, "Taking Down the Cartels: Examining United States – Mexico Cooperation"Apr 14, 2014
On April 2, 2014, Christopher Wilson, Mexico Institute's Associate testified in front of the House Committee on Homeland Security, addressing the issue of U.S.-Mexico security in particular regarding to cartel violence and activity.
In this article, the author presents a network analysis of the Sinaloa Cartel, and the paper asserts that network analysis is an important tool that is available to governments around the world to fight organized crime.
Conflict in Michoacán: Vigilante Groups Present Challenges and Opportunities for the Mexican GovernmentApr 02, 2014
This paper analyzes the conflict in Michoacán, Mexico. The author offers policy recommendations for the Mexican government to take regarding the autodefensas movement.
This study is part of 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. The book offers policy options for how to foster robust civic responses to the problems of crime and violence.
Progresividad y eficacia del gasto público en México: Precondición para una política recaudatoria efectivaMar 25, 2014
This paper explores ways in which Mexico can make fiscal policy more progressive and effective. (SPANISH)
This paper focuses on the nature and results of the civic engagement and activist postures adopted by the private sector in Juárez and Monterrey since 2008.
This analysis looks at two important roles that citizens can play to help respond to Mexico’s security challenges. The first is through the “co-production” of public security. The second role for citizens examined here is oversight of public officials and law enforcement agencies.
At a time when nearly all of the key issues facing North America are being understood and addressed either independently by the United States, Canada and Mexico, or within the dual-bilateral framework of U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada relations, this report attempts to view these challenges and opportunities through a trilateral lens.