January 20, 2011 / Washington DC
Drawing on his extensive field research on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, David Danelo will provide an in-depth briefing on northern Mexico, the site of half of Mexico’s drug-related killings and 85 percent of all US-Mexico trade. Danelo will illustrate the similarities and differences between Mexico’s drug violence and traditional political insurgencies, with a view to understanding how the United States should concentrate its resources to build security cooperation with Mexico. Noted Mexico and Latin American security scholars Andrew Selee, George Grayson, and Robert Killebrew will provide commentary after his presentation.
This project has studied security, economic and political trends in northern Mexico and the U.S. southwest in order to develop a strategy for actions the U.S. government can take at the federal level to best support state and local security partnerships between the four U.S. and six Mexican border states to defend and deter the violence and address enduring security issues on both sides of the border. David Danelo has spent extensive time on the ground in Mexico researching conditions in the six northern Mexican states and examining methods for increasing local partnerships between U.S. and Mexican authorities. His field research frames the recommended changes in U.S. policy.
David Danelo, a Senior Fellow in FPRI’s Program on National Security, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served seven years as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps. In 2004, then-Captain Danelo served near Fallujah with the First Marine Expeditionary Force as a convoy commander, intelligence officer and provisional executive officer for a rifle company. His first book, Blood Stripes: The Grunt’s View of the War in Iraq (Stackpole: 2006), was awarded the 2006 Silver Medal (Military History) by the Military Writers Society of America. His book, The Border: Exploring the US-Mexican Divide (2008), was endorsed by The Economist, former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, and Texas Books in Review, which called it “an unequivocally compelling read.”
George W. Grayson, Associate Scholar, FPRI, is the Class of 1938 Professor of Government at the College of William & Mary. He is a senior fellow at CSIS, appears frequently on CNN, and lectures regularly at the Foreign Service Institute of the Department of State and at universities throughout the U.S. and Mexico. His books and monographs include Mexico’s Struggle with Drugs and Thugs (Foreign Policy Association, 2009), Mexican Messiah (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2007), Mesías Mexicano (Random House-Mondadori, 2006), Beyond the Mid-term Elections: Mexico Political Outlook: 2003–2006 (CSIS, 2003), Mexico: the Changing of the Guard (Foreign Policy Association, 2001), Strange Bedfellows: NATO Marches East (University Press of America, 1999), and Mexico: From Corporatism to Pluralism? (Harcourt-Brace, 1998). His latest book, Mexico: Narco-Violence and a Failed State, was published in 2009 by Transaction Publications.
Andrew Selee is director of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, which promotes dialogue and understanding between the United States and Mexico, and an adjunct professor of Government at Johns Hopkins University. His most recent publications are Mexico’s Democratic Challenges (co-editor, 2010), Shared Responsibility: U.S.-Mexico Policy Options for Confronting Organized Crime (co-editor, 2010); and The United States and Mexico: More than Neighbors (co-author, 2010). He is a frequent commentator in the press, and his opinion articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, and other media. Prior to joining the Wilson Center in 2000, Selee was a congressional staffer and worked for five years in Tijuana, Mexico on migrant youth and community development programs. He has a PhD in Policy Studies from the University of Maryland and an MA in Latin American Studies from UCSD.
Robert Killebrew is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Killebrew is a retired Army colonel who served 30 years in a variety of assignments that included Special Forces, tours in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, XVIII Airborne Corps, high-level war planning assignments and instructor duty at the Army War College. His most recent articles, including the cover piece for the December 2008 Armed Forces Journal and his 2010 publication Crime Wars: Gangs, Cartels, and U.S. National Security, have focused on the growing connection between terrorism and criminal gangs.
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