Central America & Mexico Policy Initiative

Addressing Central America and Mexico’s migration and security issues


Strauss Center Welcomes MSI Postdoctoral Fellow Jacob Dizard

24 Jun 2019

Dr. Jacob Dizard recently joined The Strauss Center’s Mexico Security Initiative and UT Austin’s Department of Government to craft a course on the relationships between policy and violence in Mexico. He shares with us here details on his upcoming 2018 Fall class, Mexico: Violence, Politics, Rule Of Law.

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

13 May 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

02 Apr 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

19 Feb 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…

Report on Migrant Kidnapping in Mexico Released by MSI Director

30 Nov 2018

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

26 Nov 2018

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.

Director of Strauss’ Mexico Security Initiative Discusses Border Security

13 Nov 2018

In her recent Lawfare article, The Invisible Caravans, the Director of the Mexico Security Initiative, Stephanie Leutert, describes the reality of the migrant caravan making its way towards the United States. She begins with the fact that the caravan makes up only 10% of the total people who will seek asylum in the United States in…

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

16 Oct 2018

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

25 Sep 2018

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…

Director of Strauss Center Mexico Security Initiative Weighs in on Border Migration Debate

10 Jul 2018

Stephanie Leutert, the director of the Mexico Security Initiative, weighed in on the recent border migration debate with her recent article, “Who’s Really Crossing the U.S. Border, and Why They’re Coming” for Lawfare.