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Measuring Mexico’s Social Cohesion

Mexico United States Measuring Mexico’s Social Cohesion

Social cohesion, or the strength of a country’s social fabric, is often raised in discussions of security. The World Bank describes it as “fundamental for societies to progress towards development...

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Discussing Mexico at the Texas Book Festival

Mexico United States Discussing Mexico at the Texas Book Festival

This past Sunday I was in Austin, Texas at the Texas Book Festival. I had the honor of moderating a panel about two great books on Mexico, Ricardo Ainslie’s The...

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Security Cooperation in Mexico

Mexico United States Security Cooperation in Mexico

I was in Washington D.C. on Tuesday to give testimony on U.S.-Mexico security cooperation at a Senate Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere and Global Narcotics Affairs’ hearing. You can read my...

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Plagued by Crime, Mexico Creates New Police Force

Mexico Plagued by Crime, Mexico Creates New Police Force

Since entering Los Pinos last year, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has wasted no time in pushing some of Mexico’s most-needed economic reforms through Congress, but the same has not...

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Mexico Makes It

Mexico United States Mexico Makes It

Four tons of cocaine confiscated by U.S. authorities off the California coast; 35 bodies dumped by the side of a busy Veracruz highway in broad daylight; an attack by gunmen...

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Refocusing U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation

Mexico United States Refocusing U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation

As new administrations in Mexico and the United States start working together next year, I wrote a Policy Innovation Memorandum for CFR on how best to refocus the security relationship....

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What Should the Top Priority be for U.S.-Mexico Relations?

Mexico United States What Should the Top Priority be for U.S.-Mexico Relations?

To commemorate Enrique Peña Nieto’s inauguration, the Americas Society/Council of the Americas asked many avid Mexico watchers what should be the top priority for U.S.-Mexico relations going forward. Here was...

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Mexico Isn't a Gangland Gunbattle

Mexico United States Mexico Isn't a Gangland Gunbattle

Mexico’s incoming president, Enrique Peña Nieto, will meet with President Obama in Washington, DC this week to discuss some of the challenges and opportunities for the two countries. But perhaps...

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What Colorado and Washington’s Vote to Legalize Marijuana means for Latin America

Mexico United States What Colorado and Washington’s Vote to Legalize Marijuana means for Latin America

As Americans went to the polls to elect their president yesterday, voters in Colorado and Washington chose to legalize marijuana (by referendum). Not only does this create conflicting state and...

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President Felipe Calderón Discusses Mexico’s Future

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This morning, CFR hosted Mexico’s president Felipe Calderón in its Washington D.C. office for a brief presentation and question and answer session (you can read the transcript here). The conversation...

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