New report explores state of security in U.S.-Mexico border region

A new paper released this month, The State of Security in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region, seeks to establish a “framework for measuring border security” that will “set a base line for measuring border security between the United States and Mexico.” The working paper will be published this fall as a chapter in the forthcoming State of the Border Report, which will examine the state of affairs in the border region, focusing on four core areas: trade and economic development, security, sustainability, and quality of life.

The State of the Border Report is the product of the Border Research Partnership, comprised of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, Arizona State University’s North American Center for Transborder Studies at Arizona State University, and el Colegio de la Frontera Norte.

The report’s authors, Associate Director of the North American Center for Transborder Studies Erik Lee and Associate Director of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute Eric Olson, explore the region’s persisting challenges. “The U.S. and Mexican federal governments have made large investments in staffing, infrastructure and technology and have reorganized and refocused efforts to respond to specific threats and events. Yet gains in areas such as apprehensions of undocumented migrants and reductions in violence in key cities such as Ciudad Juarez seem tenuous at best and beg for more comprehensive, creative and collaborative solutions between these two countries, one a superpower and the other a key emerging power.”

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