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U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation Taskforce

Following a very informative conference recently hosted by the center in partnership with Justice in Mexico at the University of San Diego, we have formed a U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation Taskforce to help inform the course of U.S.-Mexico security cooperation in the coming years.

The purpose of the Taskforce is to help ensure that policymakers are informed and prepared to continue cooperation efforts in a difficult phase in the bilateral relationship, particularly amid emerging challenges related to epidemic levels of opium use, the rise of new organized crime groups and violent crimes targeting ordinary citizens in Mexico.

The Taskforce brings together a select group of respected experts and opinion-makers from both the U.S. and Mexico to offer concrete policy recommendations to Mexico’s new congressional leaders and presidential administration to be elected in July 2018, as well as a new cohort of U.S. legislators to be elected in November 2018.

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Participants by Institutional Affiliation 

United States

Jaime Arredondo
Division of Global Public Health, UC San Diego

John Bailey
Director, Mexico Project, Georgetown University

Alan Bersin
Policy Consultant Former Assistant Secretary in the Office of Policy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Enrique Bravo-Escobar
Program Officer, Latin America and the Caribbean, National Endowment for Democracy 

Michelle Breslauer
Program Director, Americas, Institute for Economics and Peace

Anthony DaSilva
Deputy Attorney California

Cecilia Farfán-Méndez
Postdoctoral scholar, Center for US-Mexican Studies, UC San Diego

Vanda Felbab-Brown
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Rafael Fernández de Castro
Director, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, UC San Diego

Stephanie Leutert
Director, Mexico Security Initiative, University of Texas at Austin

Eric L. Olson
Deputy Director, Latin American Program and Senior Advisor, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center

Gema Santamaría
Assistant Professor of Latin American History, Loyola University, Chicago

Dan Restrepo
Center for American Progress Former Principal advisor to President Obama on Latin America, Caribbean, and Canada

Octavio Rodríguez
Coordinator, Justice in Mexico, University of San Diego,

David Shirk
Director, Justice in Mexico, University of San Diego

Barbara F. Walter
Professor, School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego

Earl Anthony Wayne
Public Policy Fellow, Mexico Institute Woodrow Wilson Center; Former ambassador to Mexico 


Froylán Enciso
Programa de Política de Drogas, CIDE

Luis Herrera Lasso
Policy Consultant; Former Deputy Director of the National Program for Prevention of Crime

Edna Jaime
Director, México Evalúa

Carlos Juárez Cruz
Program Manager, Mexico, Institute for Economics and Peace

Vidal Romero
Chair, Political Science Department, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

Pedro Salazar
Director, Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas (UNAM)

Jorge Tello Peón
Security Consultant; Former Director of Mexico's National Intelligence Agency

Guillermo Valdés Castellanos
Policy Consultant; Former Director of Mexico's National Intelligence Agency