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.

Paper: "The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit One Year On: Progress, Challenges, and the Way Forward for Economic Relations"

Sep 17, 2015
This paper by Dr. Witney Schneidman assesses progress and challenges since last year’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and offers recommendations for the way forward for U.S.-Africa economic engagement.

Addressing Complexity with Playable Models

Sep 16, 2015
This report examines the nature of “complex systems,” explains the difficulties involved in dealing with problems in complex systems, and explores methods of improving governance and public engagement through the use of playable models, both in public policy and journalism.

U.S. Trends in Synthetic Biology Research Funding

Sep 15, 2015
A new analysis by the Synthetic Biology Project finds much of the U.S. government’s research funding in synthetic biology comes from the Defense Department and its Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, with less than 1 percent of total federal funding going to risk research.

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.

Citizen Science & The Law: A Web-Enabled Policy Tool

Sep 14, 2015
This web-enabled interactive policy tool guides agency project managers through the legal and regulatory issues that federal agencies encounter when they engage in citizen science and crowdsourcing activities.

The Inter-Church Peace Council and the Nuclear Arms Race

Sep 14, 2015
Ruud van Dijk and Joppe Shaaper explore the political factors and ideological influences that shaped the origins of the Inter-Church Peace Council (IKV) and its campaign against the Nuclear Arms Race. The origins of the IKV campaign inform our understanding of the wider debate over nuclear weapons in the 1970s, détente and the Cold War, and the shift in thinking about the importance of nuclear weapons in international politics.