About the U.S.-Mexico Border Project

Legal flows of trade, tourists, shoppers and students as well as illegal flows of illicit drugs and undocumented migrants have made the U.S.-Mexico border the epicenter of disagreements between the two countries. Yet the border is crucial to the prosperity and the security of both countries. The Center for the United States and Mexico works closely with the policy community to develop alternatives for better border management between the U.S. and Mexico.

The Future of U.S.-Mexico Relations: Forecast to 2040

This project will critically examine the U.S.-Mexico relationship, applying strategic foresight methods to identify the variables that will likely impact the future health of the binational relationship, project the possible outcomes of the relationship under the current political climate, and examine the broader challenges that the U.S. and Mexico will face in the coming decades.

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

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.


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Tony Payan
Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies | Director, Center for the United States and Mexico
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