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The Future of Mexico’s Security Strategy

April 9 - 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 foster a binational dialogue on Mexico’s security strategy and U.S.-Mexico security cooperation. The conference will be keynoted by National Security Commissioner Renato Sales and will mark the completion of a year-long research project between Mexico’s National Security Commission and the Mexico Security Initiative that surveys Mexico’s private security sector.

Adequately addressing violence, citizen insecurity, and the rule of law remain among Mexico’s most urgent policy challenges.This conference brought together current and former government officials to discuss how a new Mexican administration can improve upon its existing public security agenda. While at the same time, it created a space for discussing and evaluating the current state of bilateral security cooperation, including successful programs and the challenges that remain.

Photos of the event can be found here

Click here for the complete agenda of the event, and here for speaker bios.


Welcome Remarks by Robert Chesney, Director of the Robert Strauss Center




Panel 1: Mexico’s Security Policy: A New Approach for the Next Administration? 



  • Alejandro Poire, Former Secretary, Mexico’s Ministry of the Interior; Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Government, Tecnologico de Monterrey
  • Moderator: Kathy Corcoran, Former AP Mexico Bureau Chief; Hewlett Fellow for Public Policy, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame


Presentation of Joint Report Regulating Private Security in Mexico (download report here)


  • Luis Esteban Islas Bacilio, Head of the Planning, Projection, and Private Security, Mexico’s National Security Commission
  • Stephanie Leutert, Director, Mexico Security Initiative, Robert Strauss Center
  • Daniel Hernandez Aldaco, Deputy Director of Public Safety Risk, Mexico’s National Security Commission


Keynote Remarks by Renato Sales Heredia, Mexico’s National Security Commissioner



  • Remarks and Introduction: Angela Evans, Dean, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
  • Keynote Speaker: Renato Sales, National Security Commissioner, Mexico’s National Security Commission
  • Moderator: Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, Lecturer, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

Panel 2: The Future of U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation



  • Geronimo Gutierrez Fernandez, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States
  • William Brownfield, Former Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. State Department; Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Clare Ribando Seelke, Specialist in Latin American Affairs, Congressional Research Service
  • Moderator: Antonio Garza, Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico; Counsel, White & Case/Mexico City
  • Closing Remarks: Stephanie Leutert, Director, Mexico Security Initiative, Robert Strauss Center


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