The Mexico Security Initiative is a new research program at the Strauss Center, launched in 2014.

The problem of high-intensity violence and political disruption in Mexico connected to transnational drug-trafficking organizations remains among the most pressing and difficult policy challenges on the map. It is a national security dilemma of the first order for Mexico itself, but it also has significant security, economic, cultural, and foreign-relations implications for the United States and other neighboring states. Unfortunately, the "cartel violence" question has not always received attention from scholars and policymakers that is commensurate with the scale and significance of the issues. The Mexico Security Initiative is an effort to address that gap, spurring sophisticated inquiry into the causes, dimensions, and consequences of the violence as well as the adequacy of past, present, and potential policy responses at both the national and international levels.

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

The Mexico Security Initiative (MSI) accepts proposals for independent security-focused research projects. These projects should be in line with MSI’s objective to spur research into the causes, dimensions, and consequences of the violence as well as the adequacy of past, present, and potential Mexican policy responses and cooperation with the United States.

Proposals should answer the following questions:

  • Project’s relevance for Mexico's security policy or U.S.-Mexico security cooperation
  • Location of project and estimated timeline
  • Description of deliverables
  • Preliminary budget

All types of project proposals will be considered. Previously accepted projects have included academic research papers, policy working papers and memos, and field research. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis and should be sent to Stephanie Leutert at stephanie.leutert@utexas.edu.

NEWS

WORKING PAPERS

COURSES

  • Cartel Violence in Mexico: Assessing the Mexican Government's Responses (Cesar Martinez, 2016-2017)

 PAST EVENTS

...