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The Opioid Challenge: Rethinking US Policy for National Security


Amidst the gravest drug crisis in American history, the United States grapples with an incomprehensible death toll exceeding 100,000 fentanyl overdoses in 2021 alone. New foreign policy is needed to secure the border and save lives.

International Relations and Security

Latin American Cities in the Age of AI: Navigating the Technological Revolution


AI will continue to permeate and transform cities. With the right guidelines, it will allow governments to improve citizen engagement, reduce tax fraud, and optimize energy, mobility, and waste management systems.

Cities and Communities

The Future of Food in Latin America: Embracing Insect Protein


Alternative protein sources, such as insects, have emerged as promising solutions that could help reduce the environmental impact of food production while providing a nutritious and accessible protein source.


Between a rock and a hard place: The energy transition in Mexico as a consumer


In 2022, Naturgy — Mexico City’s natural gas monopoly — left me without service for three weeks. Working in the renewable energy sector, I knew what to do: end the gas contract and get both an electric stove and a water heater. That is the recipe I share in any energy transition report: “electrify” to […]

Environment and Energy

COVID 19, Mass Media and Political Communication: Insights from México’s Federal Government Administration


National polls ran by some of the most renowned national newspapers in México, show that the level of acceptance of the president Andrés Manuel López Obrador is one of the highest in the country’s history. Nevertheless, a highly polarized public opinion about federal government intervention is observable. Considering some research made by the author, it […]

The Ugly and Not-so-ugly Truth About Social Progress in Mexico


On January 30th, 2020, a few moments after Mexico’s Statistical Agency (INEGI) released its advance estimate of the country’s economic growth, Mexico’s President–Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO)–stood in front of reporters for his daily morning press conference. It had become harder for AMLO to dodge the concerns posed by analysts and journalists about the perception of Mexico’s lack of economic growth.

Solitary Confinement is Torture, Not Protection


  Ellie,[1] a young trans woman from Central America, sits across a small table from me in blue men’s scrubs, hair cut short and eyes downcast. It’s taken hours to shuffle her from the solitary confinement unit to this cold, windowless room, where I am to help her prepare her pro se asylum case. She’s […]

Pink Glitter: A New Form of Civil Disobedience


On August 3rd, yet another crime of gender-based violence made headlines in Mexico: ”Girl Kidnapped and Raped by Police”. Over the following days, feminist protests erupted across the country to demand women’s right to basic dignity—a life free of violence. However, these protests have been mistakenly and unfairly accused of being violent themselves, when in […]

El Comedor: Female Migrants in Charge


  Less than half a mile from the U.S. border on a street corner in Tijuana, Mexico sits a small orange kitchen. Like other restaurants on the block, El Comedor typically has a steady stream of people lingering and picking up conversations while music bumps in the background. Yet there is no shortage of things […]

Female Resiliency in Roma: A Tale of Two Women


BY DANIELA PHILIPSON GARCIA Alfonso Cuaron’s most recent film is named after one of Mexico City’s upper-class neighborhoods, Roma. For those who live abroad but call Mexico City home, watching the film is like taking a nostalgic trip to our past, uncovering buried memories. For me, it was a specific memory of when I lived […]

Local Police Forces in Mexico are Poor


As violence in Mexico escalates, local police in Mexico lack the necessary means to fulfill their duties. BY DANIELA PHILIPSON GARCIA It’s named after the holy patroness of Mexico, the Virgin of Guadalupe, but the town of Guadalupe in the state of Chihuahua is far from blessed. In 2008, the town made headlines when its […]

Roma, the Masterpiece, not the Social Redeemer


Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón received the Oscar for best director for his beautiful masterpiece Roma at the 91st Academy Awards. As he was handed the statue from another Mexican director, Guillermo del Toro, he said: “I want to thank the academy to recognize a film that is centered around an indigenous woman, one of the […]

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