This grant supports the development of collaborative policy conversations among think-tanks in the United States, Mexico and Central America. The Inter-American Dialogue has a long history of productive relationships with policy centers and individual analysts in the region and with relevant centers in Washington, and is uniquely situated to bring the parties together. Together with their Mexican and Central American partners (as well as select U.S. experts), the Dialogue plans to systematically review current U.S. policies and develop alternative approaches to dealing with 1) drugs and violence and the instability they breed, and 2) the continued undocumented immigration from the region to the United States.
In developing possible new approaches, the groups intend to pay particular attention to fostering improvements in target-setting and implementation, and the pursuit of opportunities for mutually reinforcing initiatives in the national policies and programs of each country. In addition to government actions, they will examine the role that regional and international organizations can play in addressing immigration and security issues in Mexico and Central America.