On Wednesday, January 9, David Shirk, a former Wilson Center scholar and current Director of the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego, provided a briefing to the U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) on recent developments in Mexican security. The briefing took place at NORTHCOM’s facilities in Colorado Springs and included high level analysts from the Department of Defense and other U.S. government agencies. The briefing, “The Drug War in Mexico: U.S.-Mexico Security Challenges in 2013 and Beyond,” provided an overview of the recent findings of the Justice in Mexico Project, sponsored by a generous three-year grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Specifically, the presentation included new data from the institute’s forthcoming report on drug violence in Mexico, as well as a discussion of Mexico’s changing security context under newly inaugurated President Enrique Peña Nieto.
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