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Examining Mexico’s Public Safety and Security Landscape

A year into President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration, the public safety and security situation in Mexico continues to deteriorate, and violence and crime are now higher than at any other time in the last century. López Obrador’s government has so far been unable to craft an effective strategy to reduce violence and crime, both of which are now affecting Mexico’s citizens, small- and medium-sized businesses and multinational corporations. At this event, Tony Payan, director of the Center for the United States and Mexico, described the current public safety and security landscape in the country, evaluated the López Obrador administration’s strategy to reduce violence and crime, and discussed the major challenges ahead for improving Mexico’s public safety.

This event was sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for the United States and Mexico. Follow @BakerCtrUSMEX on Twitter and join the conversation online with #BakerMexico.





8:00 a.m. — Breakfast
8:30 a.m. — Presentation


Featured Speaker

Tony Payan, Ph.D., is the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the Center for the United States and Mexico at the Baker Institute. He is also an adjunct associate professor at Rice University and a professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez. Between 2001 and 2015, Payan was a professor of political science at The University of Texas at El Paso. Payan’s research focuses primarily on border studies, particularly the U.S.-Mexico border. His work includes studies of border governance, border flows and immigration, as well as border security and organized crime. Payan has authored two books, “Cops, Soldiers and Diplomats: Understanding Agency Behavior in the War on Drugs” and “The Three U.S.-Mexico Border Wars: Drugs, Immigration and Homeland Security” (2006 and 2016 editions). He has also co-edited six volumes: “Gobernabilidad e Ingobernabilidad en la Región Paso del Norte,” “Human Rights Along the U.S.-Mexico Border: Gendered Violence and Insecurity,” “De Soldaderas a Activistas: La mujer chihuahuense en los albores del Siglo XXI,” “A War that Can’t Be Won: Binational Perspectives on the War on Drugs,” “Undecided Nation: Political Gridlock and the Immigration Crisis,” and "Reforma Energética y Estado de Derecho en México." In addition, he has authored several book chapters and journal publications. Payan earned a B.A. in philosophy and classical languages from the University of Dallas and an MBA from the University of Dallas Graduate School of Management. He received a doctorate degree in international relations from Georgetown University in 2001.



Wed, Nov. 20, 2019
8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
Rice University's Baker Institute
Houston, TX 77005

R. Stockton Rush Conference Center