Need for safe border common ground, Abbott says during Mexico visit

9/7/2015 Dallas News 

IMG_4475MEXICO CITY — Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday that the most “pleasant and biggest surprise” during his three-day visit with high-ranking Mexican officials was hearing their willingness to help Texas secure the border.

In a brief interview with Texas reporters, Abbott said he’s been impressed with how, “behind closed doors, Mexico has shown great support for securing the border.”

“In all my talks with all Mexican officials, no one has said anything negative about what Texas has done on the border,” Abbott said. “To the contrary, they have talked about ways in which they can better secure the border and better collaborate with Texas.”

U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation

Council on Foreign Relations, 5/16/12

The Council on Foreign Relations has held a panel to discuss the current security situation in Mexico, and how the United States can help combat shared security threats.

The panel featured Alejandro Hope, Project Director, ‘Less Crime, Less Punishment’ project, Instituto Mexicano para la Competividad (IMCO) and México Evalúa; Shannon K. O’Neil, Douglas Dillon Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Ginger Thompson, Domestic Correspondent, New York Times; and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s own Eric L. Olson, Senior Associate of the Mexico Institute.

Video of the panel may be viewed here, at the Council of Foreign Relations.

Most Mexicans want U.S. to take a bigger role in fighting violence, poll finds

The Dallas Morning News, 5/13/12

Weary of the drug-stoked violence that has swept their country and buffeted the Texas border, more than half of Mexicans want the U.S. to take a more direct role here in battling organized crime. Some even support deployment of U.S. troops and drug agents into Mexico, where more than 50,000 people have died in drug violence since 2006.

Those are the main findings to emerge from a new poll of Mexicans, who appear poised to again embrace the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which they turned out of office 12 years ago after more than seven decades in power. The poll, conducted for The Dallas Morning News, its Spanish-language publication Al Día and the Mexican newspaper El Universal, found voters were not only ready to reverse course politically but also to ease up on old suspicions of their northern neighbor.

“That’s a little shocking given the history between the United States and Mexico,” said Eric Olson, a security expert at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute. “But the political reality is none of the politicians, particularly presidential candidates, will stand up and ask for more U.S. involvement. “

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Considering New Strategies for Confronting Organized Crime in Mexico

The Mexico Institute, 3/29/12

In light of the April 2nd meeting between Presidents Obama and Calderon and Prime Minister Harper, the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute is happy to present a new publication on U.S.-Mexico security cooperation by Senior Associate Eric L. Olson.

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Joe Biden Mexico Visit: Calderon Asks Vice President To Stop U.S. Arms, Money Flow

The Huffington Post, 2/6/12

Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that Mexico’s three main presidential candidates share a vision of continued close cooperation with Washington, and used his brief visit south of the border to also knock down talk of drug legalization in the region.

Biden’s two-day trip to Mexico and Honduras comes amid calls by many of the region’s leaders to discuss decriminalizing drugs as a way to ease a vicious war on cartels that has left Latin America bloodied. “It’s worth discussing, but there is no possibility the Obama/Biden administration will change its policy on (drug) legalization,” he said after meeting with President Felipe Calderon.

But the main purpose of his visit was to meet with the contenders in Mexico’s July 1 presidential elections to get a feel for future U.S.-Mexico relations.

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Biden to meet with Mexico’s president


Vice President Biden

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was set to meet with Mexico’s president Monday as part of a two-day visit to the region. The leaders will discuss priorities the countries share, Mexico’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

Biden’s visit comes a week after U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano met with Mexico’s interior minister in the nation’s capital and told reporters that the drug war there “is not a failure,” and that it was only a matter of time before the leader of Mexico’s powerful criminal organization falls.

“It took us 10 years to find Osama bin Laden and we found him,” Napolitano said. “And you know what happened there. I’m not suggesting the same thing would happen with (alleged Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo”) Guzman, but I am suggesting that we are persistent when it comes to wrongdoers and those who do harm in both of our countries.”

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Security Cooperation Resources: Analysis, Reports and Other Resources related to the Drug War

January 1, 2012

U.S.-Mexico security cooperation has increased dramatically as a byproduct of the Mérida Initiative, a security cooperation initiative between the United States and Mexico. The Initiative was designed to strengthen cooperation and build trust among countries in the region to better combat drug trafficking and organized crime. The following are analysis, reports and other resources on U.S.-Mexico security cooperation on the drug war.