Central America & Mexico Policy Initiative

Addressing Central America and Mexico’s migration and security issues


CAMPI Director Discusses Mexican Migration Crisis

23 Jul 2019

The Trumpcast podcast recently released a new episode “Understanding Mexico in the Migration Crisis,” where host Leon Krauze interviewed director of the Strauss Center’s Central America/Mexico Policy Initiative Stephanie Leutert. They discussed Mexico’s involvement in what has been labeled as a crisis at the United States southern border. Leutert argued that for border control agents, the number of…

MSI Director Leutert Awarded LLILAS Benson Mexico Center’s Mexico Center Award for Opinion Writing

24 Jun 2019

Stephanie Leutert, Director of the Mexico Security Initiative, has been awarded the Mexico Center Award for Opinion Writing by the LLILAS Benson Mexico Center. The award recognizes five U.T. faculty members for publications relating to UT Mexico work.

MSI Director Leutert Analyzes Central American Migration

24 Jun 2019

In her article, “How Many Central Americans Are Traveling North,” (Spanish version available here) Mexico Security Initiative Director Stephanie Leutert, along with LBJ Student Sarah Spalding, attempt to calculate how many Central Americans are making the trip to the United States. To answer the question, they build a model that incorporates data from U.S. Customs…

MSI’s PRP Winter Break Experience at FM4 Paso Libre

24 Jun 2019

Beginning in August 2018, the Mexico Security Initiative’s Policy Research Project has been working with FM4 Paso Libre, an NGO that offers humanitarian assistance to migrants in transit and also conducts research on migration in Mexico. The 16 graduate students in the class are conducting research on four timely topics, including 1) the integration of…

MSI Postdoctoral Fellow Dizard Discusses Mexico’s New President’s National Security Strategy

24 Jun 2019

In a recent article for Lawfare, Strauss Senior Fellow and Mexico Security Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow Jake Dizard analyzes the future of Mexican national security under new president Andrés Manuel López Obrador, or, as he is known by the public and in the media, AMLO. Dizard suggests that although AMLO was elected by a “public that yearns for a…

Report on Migrant Kidnapping in Mexico Released by MSI Director

24 Jun 2019

In their report, Migrant Kidnapping in Mexico: Regional Differences, Stephanie Leutert, Director of the Mexico Security Initiative, and Caitlyn Yates, research coordinator at IBI Consultants and the National Defense University, present data they collected on migrant kidnappings in Mexico. They cover 388 cases that include 8000 victims and 451 individual kidnappers. The authors separate the data set…

Central American Migration Discussed by MSI Director in Foreign Affairs Article

24 Jun 2019

In her recent Foreign Affairs article, The Migration Disconnect, Stephanie Leutert, Director of the Strauss Center’s Mexico Security Initiative, attempts to answer the question of why Central American migrants keep coming despite the issue receiving years of high-level attention and billions of dollars.

MSI Director Discusses How Climate Change Affects Honduras and Migration

24 Jun 2019

In the Washington Post article, How Climate Change is Affecting Rural Honduras and Pushing People North, Stephanie Leutert, Strauss Director of the Mexico Security Initiative, looks at the threat climate change poses to Honduran farmers. She explains that Honduras is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change. The economy is weather dependent–with one out of…

Brumley Student Profile: Courtney Broderick Explores Mexico/U.S. Immigration & Security Policy

24 Jun 2019

Courtney Broderick, PhD candidate in the Department of History, is a Brumley Next Generation Fellow at the Strauss Center. In this program, Courtney will work on a year-long research project with advisement from faculty mentor Stephanie Leutert, Director of our Mexico Security Initiative.

MSI Director Analyzes the Relationship Between Crime and Migration

24 Jun 2019

In a recent article for the New York Times, Director of the Mexico Security Initiative, Stephanie Leutert, tells the story of crime and migration. Leutert explains, contrary to the claims made in today’s political rhetoric, that the majority of Central American migrants who make it to the U.S.-Mexico border are “not perpetrators but rather victims…