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The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by Luis Téllez Kuenzler and Earl A. Wayne, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute, based in Washington, DC.
The Institute maintains an ongoing focus on five key issues in U.S.-Mexico relations:
Security and the Rule of Law – The institute’s continued research and publication on bilateral security issues focuses on key areas of concern for policy makers such as money laundering, firearms trafficking, and efforts to build greater capacity in the police and justice sectors.
Economics and Competitiveness – The institute has increased its engagement on issues of regional economic integration and competitiveness releasing a major report titled Working Together: Economic Ties between the United States and Mexico, and other reports and publications that highlight the importance of Mexico to the U.S. economy.
Migration and Migrants – Current immigration-related programming includes a partnership with the Latin American Program and the Migration Policy Institute to facilitate a series of collaborative regional approaches to migration in the U.S., Mexico, and Central America. In addition, the institute also manages a U.S.-Mexico Migration Dialogue that brings together binational stakeholders to address shared challenges on migration.
Border Issues – The Mexico Institute manages the Border Research Partnership together with Arizona State’s NACTS and COLEF. This partnership recently launched an award for cross-border cooperation highlighting success stories from the border. The institute has also released The State of Trade, Competitiveness and Economic Well-being in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region which will be featured in a broader State of the Border report that will provide a comprehensive yet accessible look at the state of affairs in border management and the border region, focusing on four core areas: trade and economic development, security, sustainability, and quality of life.
Energy – The Institute’s work on energy aims to assess the practical possibilities for renewable energy investment along the U.S.-Mexico border region. The institute has also begun work to track the energy debate in Mexico and assess the challenges that have arisen since the passage of reforms in 2008.
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