About the Program
The Central America/Mexico Policy Initiative (CAMPI) aims to address the gap in policy-relevant scholarship on Central America and Mexico's migration and security challenges. CAMPI aspires to create educational opportunities, research activity, and community engagement that will spur sophisticated inquiry into the causes, dimensions, and consequences of violence and migration in these regions, as well as the adequacy of past, present, and potential policy responses at both the national and international levels.
The Mexico Security Initiative (MSI) will remain a component of CAMPI. Writings and events on these themes will be led by MSI’s post-doctoral fellow Jake Dizard.
MILITARIZATION IN LATIN AMERICA: SECURITY MISSIONS AND DEMOCRATIC OVERSIGHT
CAMPI's post-doctoral fellow Jake Dizard led a Policy Research Project (PRP) at the LBJ School of Public Affairs during the 2019-20 academic year focused on the Militarization in Latin America: Security Missions and Democratic Oversight. The research project is intended to provide context to students, researchers, journalists, and practitioners seeking to understand the increasingly frequent appearance of armed forces members in situations ranging from anticrime operations to street protests to inter-institutional political battles in Latin America.
Students used open sources, complemented by interviews with practitioners and academics in the U.S. and Latin American countries, to gather the quantitative and qualitative data presented on this site.
Top CAMPI issues
- Transit migration through Mexico, particularly related to Central American violence and insecurity.
- Policy responses to asylum seekers and human smuggling at the U.S.-Mexico border.
- Rule of law, human rights, and violence in Mexico and Central America.
- Civilian oversight of the military in Mexico and across Latin America.
The CAMPI program publishes research briefs, reports, and codebooks intended for use by researchers, policymakers, and the public.
On Thursday, March 5, 2020 the Strauss Center welcomed Astrid Dominguez, Director of the ACLU Border Rights Center. This Brumley talk focused on Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the largest law enforcement agency in the…
Student Research Presentation “Beyond the Border: Central American Migration and Mexico’s Migratory Policy”
On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, a group of students, led by the Director of the Strauss Center’s Mexico Security Initiative Stephanie Leutert, presented their research on Central American migration and Mexico’s migration policy. The research…
On Thursday, April 18, the Strauss Center welcomed Brian Winter, editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly and a UT Austin alum, for an informal chat with students and faculty about Latin America and Latin America-focused journalism. Biography…