After the Storm in U.S.-Mexico Relations

3/31/2017 The Wilson Quarterly

Articles by Duncan Wood, Christopher Wilson, Andrew Selee, Eric L. Olson, Earl Anthony Wayne & Arturo Sarukhan

The relationship between Mexico and the United States is facing its most severe test in decades. Although a new tone and new ideas are needed, the economic, political, and security fundamentals matter more than ever.

Browse the full Winter 2017 issue of Wilson Quarterly here…

Leveraging the U.S.-Mexico Relationship to Strengthen Our Economies, by Christopher Wilson

A New Migration Agenda Between the United States and Mexico, by Andrew Selee

The Merida Initiative and Shared Responsibility in U.S.-Mexico Security Relations, by Eric L. Olson

U.S.-Mexico Energy and Climate Collaboration, by Duncan Wood

Toward a North American Foreign Policy Footprint, by Earl Anthony Wayne & Arturo Sarukhan

 

[Video] Charting a New Course Part 3: U.S.-Mexico Security Relations

Mexico Institute Senior Advisor, Eric Olson is the guest for part three of the series, “Charting a New Course.” In this episode we focus on the policy of shared responsibility between the U.S. and Mexico regarding security relations. How has the Merida Initiative evolved and does it still provide the appropriate framework for security cooperation? That question and others provides the focus for this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

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Op-ed: Defining Border Security

Border fenceBy Eric Olson and Christopher Wilson, Politico, 2/10/2013

The recent announcements by President Barack Obama and a bipartisan group of senators outlining broad principles for immigration reform are very welcome. While the specifics of any reform will be hotly debated, a major advance has been made with the emergence of a broad political consensus, from left to right, that the current system is broken and in need of major repair.

It would be troubling, then, if this golden opportunity to fix a broken system falls victim to the very same trap that has ensnared other reform efforts. By conditioning reforms on achieving a poorly defined and much misunderstood notion of “securing the border,” the whole effort is at risk of unraveling.

Mexican Court Orders Release of Frenchwoman

prisonThe Wall Street Journal, 1/23/2013

Mexico’s Supreme Court on Wednesday freed a Frenchwoman who had been found guilty of kidnapping and jailed since 2005, arguing that her case was plagued by police abuse, including the staging of her arrest for broadcast on live television.

“The good news is that there is a reform process on the way,” said Eric Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program at Washington’s Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars “The Supreme Court is a much more independent actor, and is willing to stand up for basic procedures and guarantees. But there is much more to be done.”

Mr. Olson said the Cassez case highlights the dilemma that all countries face, including the U.S., when they face a violent threat, be it kidnapping or terrorism. “There is an enormous temptation when have such a threat to throw out the rule of law,” he said. “Mexico and any country are better off in the long run strengthening the rule of law.”

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POLICY REPORT: New Ideas for a New Era: Policy Options for the Next Stage in U.S.-Mexico Relations

Coinciding U.S. and Mexican presidential elections offer a natural opportunity to look at the evolving context of bilateral relations and look forward for ways to strengthen ties. The Mexico Institute is pleased to launch an electronic version of its new policy report, “New Ideas for a New Era: Policy Options for the Next Stage in U.S.-Mexico Relations,” by Christopher E. Wilson, Eric L. Olson, Miguel R. Salazar, Andrew Selee, and Duncan Wood. The policy report highlights five key issues with the potential to strengthen U.S.-Mexico relations. A printed version of this report will be available shortly.

New Resources from the Mexico Institute

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The Mexico Institute is pleased to announce a selection of new resources:

  • Mexico Institute Director Duncan Wood provides commentary on the Pacto.
  • NAFTA 20 Years on: Time for a Change, analysis by Christopher Wilson.
  • Mexico Institute releases English translation graphic of new Mexican cabinet.
  • Mexico Institute releases 4 part video series on Latino electorate.
  • New addition to The Expert Take: Eric L. Olson provides commentary on President Peña Nieto’s Security Strategy

The Situation Room: Interview with Mexican President-Elect

Wolf Blitzer, CNN-Situation Room, 11/27/2012

Enrique Peña Nieto

BLITZER: The biggest problem between the United States and Mexico right now and how to solve it. I’m going to be speaking with Mexico’s president-elect, Enrique Pena Nieto. My exclusive interview with the newly elected president of Mexico, that’s just ahead.

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