The working papers analyze the range of civic engagement experiences taking place in Mexico to strengthen the rule of law and increase security in the face of organized crime violence. In the coming weeks and months, the Mexico Institute and Trans-Border Institute will release papers that address topics relating to civic participation and public security, including citizen oversight of police professionalization, community-based efforts to respond to youth gang violence, Mexico’s victim’s movements, and citizen roles in implementing judicial reform in Mexico. Together the commissioned papers will form the basis of an edited volume.
Sunday, April 7th, 10:30 am (EST)
This week on Dialogue at the Wilson Center we present a discussion of America’s borders. We begin with a look northward. Our guest is the director of the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute David Biette. We also turn our sights south to the U.S.-Mexico border with Christopher Wilson, an associate with the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute.
Watch live stream here.
The latest publication by the Regional Migration Study Group – a collaboration between the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Migration Policy Institute – addresses the economic factors that have influenced Mexican migration to the United States, and attempts to construct scenarios on how these migratory flows might change in the near future.
New Resources: Immigration and Border Realities, Regional Competitiveness, Transboundary Hydrocarbons AgreementApril 2, 2013
The Mexico Institute is pleased to share with you the following new resources:
Andrew Selee, Vice President for Programs at the Wilson Center and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute, wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, titled “The New Reality at the Border.” Selee asserts that in the future, illegal immigration flows to the U.S. are likely to come from places farther away than Mexico, due to the deterrent effect of increased border security, the well-performing Mexican economy, and Mexico’s changing demographic profile.
To read Duncan Wood’s statement from the hearing click here
Duncan Wood, Director of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere on March 14, 2013. The hearing, titled “U.S. Energy Security: Enhancing Partnerships with Mexico and Canada,” included a discussion of the Keystone XL pipeline and the Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement.
Christopher Wilson, Associate at the Mexico Institute, wrote an opinion piece for Animal Politico, a news site on Mexican politics. The op-ed encourages Mexico and the United States to develop a regional competitiveness agenda that envisions North America as the most competitive region in the world, addressing issues such as efficient border management, bilateral cooperation on international trade negotiations, regulatory harmonization, trade liberalization in services such as transportation and healthcare, and the simplification of customs procedures.
Sunday, March 31st, 11:00am (EST)
This Sunday on Wilson Forum three former U.S. ambassadors to Mexico sit down with author and journalist Dolia Estévez to discuss her latest book, U.S. Ambassadors to Mexico: The Relationship Through Their Eyes. The book offers a first-hand account of how U.S. ambassadors see their own role in this vital relationship. Panelists include John D. Negroponte, Former United States Ambassador to Mexico; James Jones, Mexico Institute, Advisory Board Member and Chairman, Manatt Jones Global Strategies; Jeffrey Davidow, Senior Counselor, Cohen Group.
Watch live stream here.
An analysis of cabinet leadership in Mexico has always provided insights into political recruitment trends for the policy-making leadership in general. This essay briefly analyzes the backgrounds of the twenty-two cabinet secretaries and important cabinet-level agencies, and the president, and compares them with equivalent leadership, where appropriate, from three prior presidential periods. Those consist of the cabinet members from the pre-democratic era, 1935-1988, from the democratic transition, 1988-2000, and from the democratic era, 2000-2013.
Mexican newspaper Reforma recently highlighted Criminal Procedure Reform in Mexico: Where Things Stand Now – a Mexico Institute publication written by Matthew Ingram – on its front page. The article points out that although 22 states have already enacted relevant legislation, oral trials have only been implemented in 12 states.
Last Thursday, the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and ITAM (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México) launched their newest energy report, “A New Beginning for Mexican Oil: Principles and Recommendations for a Reform in Mexico’s National Interest” at ITAM’s campus in Mexico City.
Christopher Wilson, Mexico Institute, 2/8/13
The Census Bureau’s newly released 2012 trade statistics show that U.S.-Mexico merchandise trade grew seven percent in 2012, reaching $494 billion dollars. U.S. exports were up 9 percent, at $216 billion. This outpaced import growth, which was up six percent to $277 billion, and brought the trade deficit down 5 percent, to $61 billion.
U.S. exports to Mexico in 2012 rose $18 billion dollars above their 2011 value. According to the White House, each $1 billion in new exports supports more than 6,000 jobs. This suggests the growth in exports to Mexico created over 107,000 new American jobs in 2012.
As Congress and the Administration consider proposals to address immigration reform, the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and Latin American Program are pleased to share with you the following resources on regional migration.
Two chapters from the Mexico Institute’s recently released policy report, “New Ideas for a New Era: Policy Options for the Next State in U.S.-Mexico Relations,” offer background, analysis and key recommendations for policy makers that have implications for the current immigration debate:
- Facing the Future: The Changing Dynamics of U.S.-Mexico Migration, discusses the changing demographics of U.S.-Mexico migration flows in a U.S. political environment receptive to immigration reform.
- A Dividing Line that Unites: The U.S.-Mexico Border, highlights the complexities of the U.S.-Mexico border and identifies opportunities to enhance and improve border management that ensures a legal and secure flow of commerce and people.