U.S. politicians are calling for military force against drug cartels in Mexico – how did we get here, and how can the U.S.-Mexico relationship be demilitarized? The Quincy Institute held a virtual webinar event in which Aileen Teague, Quincy Institute Non-Resident Fellow and Assistant Professor at Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service, discussed her new QI brief that examined these questions.
QI Non-Resident Fellows Christy Thornton, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Latin American Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and Miguel Tinker Salas, Professor Emeritus of Latin American History, joined the conversation and contribute their perspective on the root causes of the current instability and militarization in the U.S.-Mexico bilateral security relationship, and potential pathways forward. Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, Editorial Director of Responsible Statecraft and Senior Advisor at the Quincy Institute, moderated the panel.
Aileen Teague is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Quincy Institute and an Assistant Professor in the International Affairs Department at Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service. She previously held a postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Teague earned her Ph.D. in History from Vanderbilt University in 2018. Her research focuses on issues of interventionism, militarization, and drug control.
Christy Thornton is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Quincy Institute and Assistant Professor of Sociology and Latin American Studies at Johns Hopkins University. An expert in US-Latin American relations and Latin American political economy, she holds a PhD in History from New York University, as well as an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University. She previously served five years as the Executive Director of the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA).
Miguel Tinker Salas is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Quincy Institute and Professor Emeritus of Latin American History, and Chicano/a Latino/a Studies at Pomona College. His research includes work on contemporary Mexico and Venezuela. He has published several books including "In the Shadow of Eagles, Sonora and the Transformation of the Border during the Porfiriato" by the University of California Press. The book was published in Mexico by the Fondo de Cultura Económica.
Kelley Beaucar Vlahos is a senior advisor at the Quincy Institute and editorial director of its online magazine, Responsible Statecraft. Previously she served as executive editor managing editor, and longtime foreign policy/national security writer at the American Conservative magazine. She also spent 15 years as an online political reporter for Fox News.