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, articles, and codebooks intended for use by researchers, policymakers, and the public.


Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s Security Legacy

February 8, 2017 | 12:15:00 | Eastwoods Room, Texas Union (UNB 2.102)

On Thursday, February 20, 2017, the Strauss Center’s Mexico Security Initiative invited Dr. Viridiana Rios of Purdue University for a conversation with Mexico Security Fellow Stephanie Leutert. The talk addressed Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s…

Evolving Threats and Capabilities: The Future of Mexican Intelligence Agencies

January 30, 2017 | 12:15:00 | Sid Richardson Hall Room 3.122

On January 30, the Strauss Center was thrilled to welcome Guillermo Valdes Castellanos, former Director of Mexico’s National Intelligence Agency (CISEN), and David Shedd, former Acting Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), for a…

The Mexico Security Challenge and its Impact on the United States

October 20, 2016 | 12:15:00 | Sid Richardson Hall Room 3.122

On Thursday, October 20, 2016, the Strauss Center’s Mexico Security Initiative brought together the Attorneys General of Arizona, Mark Brnovich, and Nuevo León (Mexico), Roberto Carlos Flores Trevino, as well as University of Texas alumnus,…