Transnational Security Challenges in Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico Border Region
Shirk, David A.
In recent years, in the face of major challenges related to transnational crime and terrorism, U.S. concerns about national and domestic security have significantly highlighted Mexico and especially the U.S.-Mexico border. Addressing these challenges—and bringing to bear the resources and political will needed to overcome them—is of critical importance for Mexican domestic security, the protection of the U.S.-Mexico border, and the security of the greater North American community. A two-pronged approach is needed to help bolster Mexico’s capacity to deal with both domestic and transnational security threats—with serious, sustained efforts to improve the rule of law—and to improve security cooperation between Mexico and the United States. In recent years, there has been encouraging progress on both fronts, though ultimately efforts to combat transnational organized crime will require sustained investments to professionalize Mexico’s justice sector and a greater institutionalization of international security cooperation.