Accession Number : ADA555293


Title :   PRI and the Beyond Merida Initiative


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT


Personal Author(s) : Isom, Thomas H


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA555293


Report Date : 28 Oct 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 26


Abstract : The rapidly evolving and highly volatile situation along the U.S.-Mexico border continuously requires both countries to devote precious resources to this region. If not controlled, the damage from unrestrained immigration, drug trafficking, and violence could be devastating to both countries. The Merida Initiative, which has framed bilateral border security cooperation between the United States and Mexico since 2007, is evolving in response to this threat. Its successor, framed as Beyond Merida, proposes a new focus along with associated resources. Concurrently, the Government of Mexico (GOM) will likely change as a result of the 2012 Mexican national election. The imminent changes in both Beyond Merida and the GOM warrant an examination. By analyzing the central tenets of Beyond Merida and comparing them to the current and future political situation in Mexico, this paper shows that the election will have little or no adverse effect on Beyond Merida. Then, drawing on lessons learned from current operations, this paper recommends methods to monitor the ongoing effect the GOM will have on Beyond Merida.


Descriptors :   *BORDER SECURITY , *COOPERATION , *ELECTIONS , *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , *MEXICO , *POLITICAL PARTIES , *UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , CRIMINALS , DEMOCRACY , DRUG SMUGGLING , FOREIGN AID , HISTORY , ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS , LAW ENFORCEMENT , ORGANIZATIONS , THREATS


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE