AP Exclusive: US, Mexico open new maritime front in drug war

03/29/2018 The Washington Post

Federal_PoliceSAN DIEGO — The U.S. and Mexican governments are sparring over immigration and trade, but the two countries are joining forces on the high seas like never before to go after drug smugglers.

The United States, Mexico and Colombia will target drug smugglers off South America’s Pacific coast in an operation that is scheduled to begin Sunday and last for the foreseeable future, Coast Guard officials told The Associated Press.

U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Paul F. Zukunft teased the idea during a recent defense conference in San Diego, saying the United States “can’t do it alone.”

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VIDEO | What Does the World Expect of President-elect Trump: Mexico

Director Duncan Wood discusses what Mexico expects of President-elect Donald Trump.




What President Trump’s Mexico-bashing May Look Like in Practice

11/9/2016 The Economist

ENRIQUE PEÑA NIETO, the president of Mexico, was roundly castigated at home for meeting Donald Trump in August. Mr Trump, then the Republican presidential nominee, is reviled south of the border for calling Mexican migrants rapists, and for promising that he would force Mexico to pay for a wall between the two countries. In his defence Mr Peña said it was important to begin a dialogue early, with a view to reducing the potential harm a Trump presidency could cause Mexico.

That strategy is about to be put to the test. In Mexico the immediate effect of Mr Trump’s victory has been to send the already weak peso tumbling to new lows. Throughout the campaign the currency reacted badly to any perceived improvements in the Republican’s chances of victory. On early Wednesday morning it fell to more than 20 to the dollar—its biggest drop since 1994—on fears about the future of trade with the United States.

[…] Cooperation on matters of security is also of vital importance, and relations in this area are currently better than at any point in the past ten years, suggests Duncan Wood, head of the Mexico Institute of the Wilson Center in Washington, DC. Given that Mr Trump has complained about Mexican drug-traffickers coming into America, the chances of his undermining the very interactions that aim to keep them out are minimal. […]

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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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