Binational Institutional Development on the U.S.-Mexico Border Workshop

Overview

This project will study institutions and cross-border governance on the U.S.-Mexico border with a focus on the adequacy of the current border governing institutions. The study, with academic institutions on both sides of the border, will look at the function, structure, actors and processes of cross-border governance.

Workshops will be held in the course of this multi-year project to engage input and discussion from other U.S.-Mexico border constituents, including private sector actors, civil society and government actors.

Regional workshops will also be organized to engage local perspectives along the border cities of Tijuana-San Diego, Nogales-Nogales, Ciudad Juárez-El Paso, Piedras Negras-Eagle Pass, Nuevo Laredo-Laredo and Brownsville-Matamoros. These regional workshops will be organized in cooperation with:

  • El Colegio de la Frontera Norte
  • University of California, San Diego
  • Arizona State University
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez
  • Texas A&M International University
  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

 

Binational Institutional Development on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Author Workshop

On Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, the Mexico Center held a workshop with authors who are writing research papers for the “Binational Institutional Development on the U.S.-Mexico Border” project. Currently, 19 authors have written 12 papers for the project, covering a broad range of issues such as defining the U.S.-Mexico border, border space and place, border statistical data collection, local governments and governance, environmental governance, social network analysis, security cooperation, trade and transportation institutions, energy and human mobility. Each paper also focuses on the institutions governing the field the author(s) examine, including their character, effectiveness, deficiencies, gaps, areas that need improved governance, and concrete policy recommendations.

 

 

The experts and scholars participating in the project represent the Baker Institute Mexico Center; El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF); San Diego State University; Arizona State University; The University of Texas at El Paso; Colorado State University; the University of San Diego; George Mason University; Harvard University, the University of Arizona; California State University, San Bernardino; Georgetown University; and Universidad Iberoamericana.

 

U.S.-Mexico Industrial Border Users
Private Workshop

On Aug. 24, 2016, the Mexico Center held its second closed-door workshop to continue the "Binational Institutional Development on the U.S.-Mexico Border" research project. The workshop gathered private sector input on cross-border needs, gaps, issues, and challenges.

The honorable Alan Bersin, Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Chief Diplomatic Officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Policy, made initial remarks and set a stage for discussion. Workshop attendees included over 30 cross-border companies and stakeholders. A panel of experts, moderated by Tony Payan, examined key cross-border issues such as transportation, manufacturing, security, and energy.

 

Panel_photo.jpg


Panel Presentation

  • Energy Sector Opportunities in Mexico
    Eduardo A. Sanchez, President, Sanchez Energy Corporation; and President and CEO, Sanchez Oil & Gas Mexico Holdings, LLC
  • Security Environment in Mexico
    Simon Whistler, Principal, Control Risks

 

Binational Institutional Development on the U.S.-Mexico Border Workshop

On Feb. 23, 2016 the Mexico Center held a closed-door workshop to launch a major research project: "Binational Institutional Development on the U.S.-Mexico Border." The workshop engaged participants from academia, government, non-government and business sectors in an extensive discussion on the scope and agenda of a major two-year research project on the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

Border_workshop_photo.jpg

 

Scholars and experts led discussions and conversations on key issues along the U.S.-Mexico border:

  • Border Issues at the Governmental Level
    Irasema Coronado, Ph.D., The University of Texas at El Paso
    Cameron McGlothlin, U.S. Department of State
    Citlali Pérez Saucedo, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico
    Avdiel Huerta, Office of the Texas Secretary of State
    Denise Moreno Ducheny, University of California, San Diego
  • Economics and Trade
    Jorge Eduardo Mendoza Cota, Ph.D., El Colegio de la Frontera Norte
  • Security and Public Safety
    José María Ramos García, Ph.D., El Colegio de la Frontera Norte
    Marie Chalkley, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Environment
    Irasema Coronado, Ph.D., The University of Texas at El Paso
  • Water and Boundary Issues
    Edward Drusina, International Boundary and Water Commission, U.S. Section
    Roberto Fernando Salmón Castelo, Ph.D., International Boundary and Water Commission, Mexico Section
  • Health Issues
    Ronald J. Dutton, Ph.D., Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Physical Infrastructure
    Francisco Lara-Valencia, Ph.D., Arizona State University
  • Civil Society and Democracy
    Kathleen Staudt, Ph.D., The University of Texas at El Paso
  • Political and Public Policy Interfaces
    Kimberly Collins, Ph.D., California State University, San Bernardino
  • Theoretical Frameworks and Models for Border Institutional Development
    Kathleen Staudt, Ph.D., The University of Texas at El Paso
    José María Ramos García, Ph.D., El Colegio de la Frontera Norte
    María del Rosío Barajas Escamilla, Ph.D., El Colegio de la Frontera Norte
    Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, Ph.D., University of Victoria


The following institutions and organizations participated in the workshop:

  • Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF)
  • Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego (USMEX)
  • California State University, San Bernardino
  • Arizona State University (ASU)
  • University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
  • Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez (UACJ)
  • Texas A&M International University (TAMIU)
  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
  • Center for Borders, Trade, and Immigration Research (CBTIR) at the University of Houston
  • Borders in Globalization (BIG) project directed by the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Policy
  • Congressman Michael McCaul’s office
  • Mexican and Border Affairs Office of the Secretary of State
  • United States and Mexico sections of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC)
  • U.S.-México Border Health Commission (BHC)
  • Border Affairs Unit of the U.S. Department of State
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico
  • Borderplex Alliance
  • Watco Companies LLC