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MCALLEN, Texas – The Mexico Institute has launched a new series of policy briefs under the heading, “Re-Building a Complex Partnership: The Outlook for U.S.-Mexico Relations under the Biden Administration”. 

The collection seeks to draw together the insights of a number of leading experts on the bilateral relationship to both analyze the current moment in the bilateral relationship and to identify potential paths forward in nine different areas.

The Mexico Institute points out that every electoral cycle in the United States or Mexico brings the opportunity to reevaluate the relationship and explore how both nations can improve upon the bilateral agenda given changes in the regional and global context. 

“In the coming months, it is quite likely that crucial issues in the relationship may be revisited in profound ways. This presents both real risks and real opportunities. Even as the political climate changes, the on-the-ground benefits of regional collaboration for the security and economic well-being of the United States, Mexico, and all of North America continue to be immense,” the group states.

Andrew I. Rudman

An introduction to the series has been written by Duncan Wood, a senior advisor to the Mexico Institute and the group’s vice president for strategy and new initiatives, and Andrew I. Rudman, the group’s new director, Gema Kloppe-Santamaria, a Visiting Fellow from the Kellogg Institute for International Studies University of Notre Dame, and Assistant Professor at Loyola University Chicago, and ten other authors.

“We are indebted to our Global Fellows and our invited authors for sharing their knowledge of and ideas for the relationship in the areas of security, the economy, migration, energy, public health, shared values, anti-corruption, North America, and foreign policy,” the authors state.

The outlook is by no means uncomplicated, according to the writers.

“In almost every area, there are ample reasons to be pessimistic about the potential for collaboration, with obstacles blocking the way along a number of paths. Nonetheless, the contributions here provide some well-grounded concepts for finding common ground and for seeking mutual benefit.”

Click here to read the introduction to the series. 

Thus far, nine policy briefs have been published.

A policy brief by Kloppe-Santamaria is titled, “Putting Citizens’ Security First: Towards a New Chapter in U.S.-Mexico Security.” Click here to read it.

A policy brief by Andrew Selee, Andrea Tanco, and Ariel G. Soto Ruiz is titled, “Setting the Course Toward Sustainable Migration Cooperation: Levering Bilateral Opportunities.” Click here to read it.

A policy brief by Wood and Montserrat Ramiro is titled, “U.S.-Mexico Energy Relations.” Click here to read it.

A policy brief by Max Kaiser is titled, “U.S.-Mexico Cooperation on Anti-Corruption: Opening a New Chapter.” Click here to read it.

A policy brief by Alejandro Moreno is titled, “From Trump to Biden: Mexican Public Opinion and AMLO’s Rhetoric.” Click here to read it.

A policy brief by Christopher Wilson is titled, “A U.S.-Mexico Economic Agenda for Competitiveness and Inclusive Growth.” Click here to read it.

A policy brief by Earl Anthony Wayne is titled, “Fulfilling North America’s Promise.” Click here to read it.

A policy brief by Arturo Sarukhan is titled, “A Reset in U.S.-Mexico Relations Also Requires Re-Engagement on Global and Regional Issues.” Click here to read it.

A policy brief by Eduardo González-Pier and Rudman is titled, “Time to Relaunch the U.S.-Mexico Health Agenda.” Click here to read it.

The policy briefs will be published as a volume in the coming weeks.

Rudman said that under its new leadership the Mexico Institute “remains committed to advancing the bilateral relationship and continues to believe that the health of that relationship directly impacts the well-being of hundreds of millions of Mexicans and Americans in both countries.”


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