[Video] “El Chapo” Recaptured in Mexico

dw wilson center nowMexico Institute Director, Duncan Wood discusses the capture of the drug lord, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, and the larger issues surrounding his arrest. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

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Video: “El Chapo” recaptured in gun battle

1/9/2016 MSNBC

Todd Piro talks to Duncan Wood, Director at the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center, about the capture of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the infamous leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel.

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El Chapo Set to Be Extradited to the U.S.

1/10/2016 CNN International 

VIDEO: Duncan Wood talks to CNNi about the arrest of El Chapo and the questions surrounding his interview with Sean Penn.

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VIDEO | Mexican Mayor Assassinated: Implications for the Debate Over the Organization of Police Forces

duncan wilson center trendingMexico Institute Director, Duncan Wood believes the assassination of Mayor Gisela Mota could have implications for the ongoing debate over how to organize Mexico’s police forces.


Duncan Wood is the director of the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center. Prior to this, he was a professor and the director of the International Relations Program at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) in Mexico City for 17 years. He has been a member of the Mexican National Research System, an editorial advisor to both Reforma and El Universal newspapers, and is a member of the editorial board of Foreign Affairs Latinoamerica. In 2007, he was a non-resident Fulbright Fellow and, between 2007 and 2009, he was technical secretary of the Red Mexicana de Energia, a group of experts in the area of energy policy in Mexico. He has been a Senior Associate with the Simon Chair and the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. His research focuses on Mexican energy policy, including renewable energy, and North American relations. He studied in the UK and Canada, receiving his PhD in political studies from Queen’s University, Canada, and is a recipient of the Canadian Governor General’s Visit Award for contributions to the Mexico-Canada relationship.


Cuba detente creates migrant crisis in Mexico

11/9/2015 The Financial Times

“They have to move faster, there are a lot of people waiting here without adequate living conditions,” said Lionel Hernández, 28, huddling with other Cuban migrants in the doorway of the Tapachula migration office in southern Mexico to escape the pounding rain.

A young woman from Havana looked in dismay at a soggy stack of papers. She had scrawled down the names of hundreds of fellow Cubans gathered outside the Tapachula facility to help Mexican migration authorities process their requests for transit visas. “There are more than 170 Cubans here now, but more keep arriving,” she said, sighing. “It is impossible to count them all.”

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The Senate Has Delayed Confirming an Ambassador to Mexico. America Needs One Now.

11/5/2015 The National Interest

By Duncan Wood and Andrew Selee, Wilson Center

mexican-flag1The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City has been without an ambassador since July. It’s not all that unusual for an embassy to be vacant for a few months, but then again, this is not a usual relationship. Not only is this one of the largest U.S. embassies in the world, but it is the hub for managing one of our country’s most complex and important relationships, and one that has tangible value for millions of Americans in their daily life.

To begin with, Mexico and the United States trade over a half-trillion dollars’ worth of goods and services a year, or more than a million dollars a minute, only slightly behind Canada and China as America’s third-largest commercial relationship. What’s more, Mexico is the United States’ second-biggest export market, ahead of China, and people in twenty-seven states—from Texas and Arizona to Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan, and even New Hampshire—depend on Mexico as the first or second destination for exports produced in their state. Around six million U.S. jobs are closely tied to exports to Mexico.

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What Would Happen if America Actually Adopted Donald Trump’s Insane Immigration Plan?

8/19/15 Vice News

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In the two months that Donald Trump has been running for president, the billionaire real-estate mogul has had quite a lot to say on the subject of immigration. But while he’s caused cranial explosions across The Americas with his insistence that the Mexican government is “sending” its drug-dealers and rapists across the US border, Trump has said little about what he would actually do to deal with the issue.

That is, until now. Earlier this week, Trump unveiled his plans for policy reform, laying out his ideas to curb both legal and illegal immigration into the US. Posted on his campaign website under the title “Immigration Policy That Will Make America Great Again,” the proposal promises a rough existence for undocumented immigrants under President Trump.

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