The inauguration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador on December 1, 2018 as President of Mexico opens a new era in Mexico’s security relationship with the United States. For the past 11 years, the United States and Mexico have anchored that relationship in a policy of shared responsibility where increased collaboration to address common security challenges has been the hallmark. Often referred to as the Merida Initiative, the content and particular focus of the strategy has evolved with successive presidential transitions but has remained true to a central agenda of dismantling transnational organized crime; strengthening the institutional capacity of Mexico’s law enforcement and security forces; improving border security; and investing in communities to prevent crime and lower violence.
Please join us for a launch of our paper “Where do we go from here? Merida 2.0 and the Future of Mexico-United States Security Cooperation” as experts reflect on the experiences of the past 11 years, discuss what has worked, and suggest new approaches to future security cooperation.
Director, Mexico Institute
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
WOLA Director for Mexico and Migrant Rights
Eric L. Olson
Director, Central America-D.C. Platform for the Seattle International Foundation
Consultant, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Director, Jane’s Aerospace, Defense and Security