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 Wednesday, April 10, 2019, the Strauss Center presented Ben Rohrbaugh, a partner at consulting firm BorderWorks. Rohrbaugh was the Border Security Director in the White House National Security Council in 2014 when flows of unaccompanied Central…
On Thursday, March 28, 2019, the Strauss Center was pleased to present Eduardo Bohórquez, the executive director of Transparency International’s Mexico office, for a talk on “Anti-corruption in Mexico: The Good, the Bad, and the…
On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, the Strauss Center and the Mexico Center of LLILAS Benson presented a talk on “Mexico’s Human Rights and Governance Challenges in the AMLO Era.” Andrés Manuel López Obrador arrived in office…