Moving On from Military Cooperation
"A lesson of the Mérida Initiative years is that all four pillars are best fortified by civilian-to-civilian, not military-to-military, cooperation."
Beyond the War on Drugs
"US-Mexico security cooperation has, for too long, revolved almost exclusively around the illicit trafficking of drugs. This vision is shortsighted and outdated"
Centering Civil Society
Rebecca V. Bell-Martin
"An engaged citizenry can be a powerful partner in security efforts. Local civil society has crucial knowledge about how best to address insecurity and its underlying causes in their particular communities"
The Chilling of Security Collaboration
"Designating Mexican drug trafficking groups as terrorist organizations or decertifying Mexico for failing to collaborate with U.S. counternarcotics efforts are problematic tools, but without meaningful security cooperation, the United States may have no other option."