Security Cooperation between the United States and Mexico

The Merida Initiative: A Mechanism for Bilateral Cooperation, by Diana Villiers Negroponte

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When Felipe Calderon took office, he envisioned an anti- drug-trafficking strategy that directly involved the U.S. Asking Bush for help, the two presidents were able to agree on collaborative measures through the Merida Initiative. Bush promised aid through intelligence sharing, training, and specialized equipment, while the Obama administration expanded the initiative to focus on border security and training for judicial officials. The Merida Initiative also developed closer ties in data and intelligence sharing, military efforts, and law enforcement.

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A principios de su presidencia, Felipe Calderón visualizó una estrategia contra las drogas que involucraba de manera directa a los Estados Unidos.  El, junto con el presidente Bush, acordó en crear métodos de cooperación bajo una nueva iniciativa llamada la Iniciativa Mérida. Por su parte, Bush prometió asistir con inteligencia, entrenamiento y equipo especializado, mientras que el presidente Obama expandió estos esfuerzos para incluir seguridad fronteriza y entrenamiento para oficiales judiciales. La Iniciativa Mérida también estrechó lazos en intercambios de datos e inteligencia, esfuerzos militares y en la aplicación de la ley.

Para encontrar el resumen completo de la Iniciativa Merida por Negroponte, por favor haga clic aquí


The U.S.-Mexico Network’s Imagining 2024 project is designed to provide readers a quick overview of key issues in US-Mexico relations – the background of the issue, its current state, where we ought to be by 2024, and how to get there.


Each short essay is coupled with suggested background readings for those interested in a more detailed understanding of the issue at hand.  And as an electronic publication, both the essays and their associated resource pages are updated as needed to keep the information and analysis fresh.

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