15 August 2011
US-Mexican Security Cooperation
The Mérida Initiative and Beyond
This report provides a framework for examining the current status and future prospects for US-Mexican security cooperation. It begins with a brief discussion of the scope of the threat that drug trafficking and related crime and violence now pose to Mexico and the United States, followed by an analysis of the development and implementation of the Mérida Initiative. It then analyzes key aspects of the new US Mexican security strategy. The report concludes by raising some policy issues that may affect US-Mexican security cooperation.
Clare Ribando Seelke, Kristin M Finklea