Diana Bolsinger, PhD candidate at The LBJ School of Public Affairs, is a Brumley Next Generation Fellow at the Strauss Center. The Fellows are now settled into their year-long research projects, and Diana shares with us today details of what she's working on:

In their report, Migrant Kidnapping in Mexico: Regional DifferencesStephanie Leutert, Director of the Mexico Security Initiative, and Caitlyn Yates, research coordinator at IBI Consultants and the National Defense University, present data they collected on migrant kidnappings in Mexico. They cover 388 cases that include 8000 victims and 451 individual kidnappers. The authors separate the data set into four different regions: the southern border, northeastern border, northwestern border, and the Yucatan peninsula. 

In a recent article for Open Democracy, Brumley NextGen Senior Fellow, Maro Youssef shared her analysis of the relationship between the state and civil society in Tunisia. Youssef’s Brumley research project centralizes around civil society, democracy, and women’s participation in Tunisia. Last spring Youssef travelled to Tunisia to perform interviews with leaders of Tunisia's women's movement.

In her recent Foreign Affairs article, The Migration DisconnectStephanie Leutert, Director of the Strauss Center’s Mexico Security Initiative, attempts to answer the question of why Central American migrants keep coming despite the issue receiving years of high-level attention and billions of dollars.

In the Washington Post article, How Climate Change is Affecting Rural Honduras and Pushing People NorthStephanie Leutert, Strauss Director of the Mexico Security Initiative, looks at the threat climate change poses to Honduran farmers. She explains that Honduras is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change. The economy is weather dependent--with one out of every four Hondurans working in agriculture--and the country has already seen a rise in temperatures, various droughts, and more frequent torrential downpours. Most affected has been the coffee sector, where a coffee disease spread to higher altitudes by a warming climate has forced farmers to invest in medicine to keep their crops healthy. When combined with low global prices, the coffee has often become too expensive to sell on the global market. Climate change's effects are just beginning, and as conditions worsen, migrants will increasingly look to move within Honduras and also to the United States.