The Latin America Initiative hosts Mónica Serrano, a security and transnational crime expert, to discuss drugs, the Merida Initiative, and it's implications to U.S.-Mexico relations. Serrano is a professor of international relations at El Colegio de México and a senior research associate at the Centre for International Studies, Oxford University. Her English-language publications cover topics including the international relations of Latin America, with particular reference to security; transnational crime and the political economy of terrorism; and Mexican domestic politics and foreign policy. She is currently editing work on the human rights regime in the Americas for the United Nations University Press. She is also organizing a pioneering research initiative on security in Mexico, which will be funded by the Ford Foundation.