These articles are based on research done by Steven Dudley for "Civil Society, the Government and the Development of Citizen Security" as part of a joint project on civic engagement in Mexico by the Mexico Institute and the Justice in Mexico Project.
In light of recent desperate measures taken by vigilantes and armed self-defense groups in rural Mexico, a new book, Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence, provides timely analysis of constructive responses from Mexican society to fight crime and violence. Here is what the authors had to say.
Informal collaborative methods are typical of the border region, in which citizens and local authorities must resolve daily problems by going beyond the official frameworks provided by their national governments.
The two Americans who were wounded when gunmen fired on an American Embassy vehicle last week were Central Intelligence Agency employees sent as part of a multiagency effort to bolster Mexican efforts to fight drug traffickers, officials said on Tuesday...The Mexico Institute's Eric L. Olson comments.
The Woodrow Wilson Center and the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations announce a call for applications for the Mexico Public Policy Scholars Program. The program promotes research, academic linkages, and cultural exchange and will invite a scholar to be in residence at the Woodrow Wilson Center for either two months this summer (July 1-August 31, 2008) or four months this fall (September 2-December 22, 2008). For requirements and details
Mexico Institute in the News: Mexican election could mean drug war strategy shift, U.S. officials say
Dealing with deep drug war wounds is a top issue on Mexico's presidential campaign trail, but the election results could have an impact on both sides of the Mexico-U.S. border. Andrew Selee, Vice President for Programs and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute, comments.
Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico Updates Death Toll in Drug War to 47,515, but Critics Dispute the Data
The Mexican government released high death toll for drug war. The accuracy of these numbers is questioned.