Science Hack Day: Bridging the Hacking Community and Government

Oct 13, 2015
On May 16th & 17th the Commons Lab hosted Washington D.C.'s first-ever Science Hack Day, co-sponsored with ArtsEdge from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This report summarizes the event and highlights hacks produced while providing future directions for bridging the hacking community and government initiatives.

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.

The Islamic State as Icarus: A Critical Assessment of An Untenable Threat

Oct 05, 2015
Few if any international security threats are consuming the world’s attention as much as the Islamic State terror group, or ISIS. What is the true nature of this threat, and particularly beyond its strongholds in Syria and Iraq? What threat does the group pose in neighboring countries and other key regions, and particularly South Asia?

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.

Stamps, Rum, and Hand Grenades: Fidel Castro’s Recipe for Revolution

Sep 29, 2015
In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 66, author Renata Keller explores the 1956 Mexican arrest report of Fidel Castro and four fellow revolutionaries that nearly derailed the Cuban Revolution.

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.