Central America & Mexico Policy Initiative

Addressing Central America and Mexico’s migration and security issues


Our Mexico Security Initiative (MSI) Program

18 May 2017

The Strauss Center’s Mexico Security Initiative (MSI) launched in 2016 to address the gap in policy-relevant scholarship on Mexican security challenges and to enhance the role of The University of Texas at Austin in doing so. MSI aspires to create educational opportunities, research activity, and community engagement that will spur sophisticated inquiry into the causes, dimensions,…

MSI Wraps-up Cartel Violence in Mexico Course

03 May 2017

On May 2, 2017, the Strauss Center-sponsored policy research project “Cartel Violence in Mexico: Assessing the Mexican Government’s Response(s)” concluded with a student presentation to Mexico’s Consul General in Austin, Mr. Carlos González Gutierrez. Students briefed Mr. González on conclusions and policy recommendations they developed over the course of the academic year, and received useful…

MSI Students’ Field Trip Visit to Mexico City

24 Mar 2017

From March 13-16, the Robert Strauss Center’s Mexico Security Initiative Policy Research Project took 13 graduate students on an exciting field trip visit to Mexico City. The objective of this visit was to have students speak directly with professionals who focus on Mexico’s security issues, and who are the architects or analysts of the Mexican…

Leutert on the U.S.-Mexico Border

03 Feb 2017

Stephanie Leutert, the Strauss Center’s Mexico Security Initiative Fellow, recently co-wrote a post on Lawfare with Savitri Arvey titled “What Comes Next for Trump’s Border” as part of the “Beyond the Border” series that will provide an in depth look at security challenges in Mexico and Central America.

MSI Students Visit Immigration Detention Center in Dilley, Texas

26 Jan 2017

On January 11, the Strauss Center’s Mexican Security Initiative sponsored a field trip visit to the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, for students of its “Cartel Violence in Mexico” class. These students are currently engaged in the in-depth study of the security challenge posed by organized crime in Mexico and Central America,…

MSI Students Visit U.S.-Mexico Border

09 Jan 2017

Last December, the Strauss Center funded three MSI Policy Research Project students’ visit to El Paso, Texas to participate in a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border led by Joint Task Force North (JTFN). These students had the opportunity to hear directly from Customs Border Patrol (CBP) leadership how CBP aims to foster commerce and enforce…

Leutert on Violence in Mexico and Central America

10 Oct 2016

Strauss Center Mexico Security Initiative Fellow Stephanie Leutert recently joined Benjamin Wittes on a podcast for Lawfare‘s “Beyond the Border” series (sponsored by the Strauss Center) on the epidemic of violence plaguing Mexico and Central America. How bad is the violence in these countries? Why do the U.S. rarely consider violence in these countries to be…