Central America and Caribbean

Research is focused on the region’s international relationships as well as politics, economics and migration.

Areas of focus include Mexico’s foreign policy and its role in the changing nature of American global power, climate resilience, border security, counterterrorism, drug-war operations, and managing Central American migration.

The election of Andrés Manuel López Obrador signals an important turning point for Mexico. López Obrador – or AMLO, as he is commonly known – is a very different kind of politician to the technocratic and market-friendly centrists who have governed the country since the 1980s, and who sealed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the US and Canada.

US investment in the region is also a crucial issue as ignoring the reasons why people leave in the first place undermines long-term border security. The cost for foreign assistance in the region is a fraction of the billions of dollars it costs to shelter, place and manage the immigration cases of these children and families once they arrive in the United States.