Central America & Mexico Policy Initiative

Addressing Central America and Mexico’s migration and security issues

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.


The Real Border Emergency: National Security and Challenges along the Border

April 10, 2019 | 12:15 pm | LBJ School of Public Affairs, SRH 3.122

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 American…

Mexico’s Political Earthquake

September 28, 2018 | 9:00 am | Santa Rita Room, Texas Union Building (UNB) 3.502

On Friday, September 28, the Strauss Center co-sponsored a conference on “Mexico’s Political Earthquake: The 2018 Elections, Democracy, and Binational Relations” and assessing the results and implications of the 2018 presidential election in Mexico in…

The Future of Mexico’s Security Strategy

April 9, 2018 | 11:00:00 | Texas Union Quadrangle Room, 3.304

On April 9, 2018, the Robert Strauss Center’s Mexico Security Initiative (MSI), in partnership with Mexico’s National Security Commission (Comission Nacional de Seguridad, CNS), hosted a conference at the University of Texas at Austin to…