Congressional Research Service

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 07:37
Violence perpetrated by a range of criminal groups continues to threaten citizen security and governance in some parts of Mexico, a country with which the United States shares a nearly 2,000-mile border and more than $530 billion in annual trade
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 09:08
Since 2001, successive U.S. administrations have increasingly prioritized efforts to build foreign security forces—particularly in weak and failing states—arguing that doing so advances U.S. national security objectives. In turn, the Department of Defense (DOD) has invested billions of dollars in “Building Partner Capacity,” a term that refers to a broad set of missions, programs, activities, and authorities intended to improve the ability of other nations to achieve those security-oriented goals they share with the United States.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 07:47
On September 10, 2014, President Obama announced the formation of a global coalition to “degrade and ultimately defeat” the Islamic State. Subsequently, some 60 nations and partner organizations agreed to participate, contributing either military forces or resources to the campaign.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 09:45
Lauren Ploch Blanchard of the Congressional Research Service testifies in front of the House Committee on Homeland Security to provide some background on Al Shabaab and briefly discuss the role of foreign fighters within its ranks and its efforts to recruit from abroad.
Friday, May 24, 2013 - 00:00
While bilateral efforts have yielded some positive results, the apparent weakness of Mexico's criminal justice system seems to have limited the effectiveness of anti-crime efforts.
Monday, March 4, 2013 - 00:00
Capture-recapture models would be improved by better data on deterrence at the border, and our overall understanding of border security would benefit from better information about illegal flows through ports of entry
Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 00:00
This report examines current conditions in Honduras as well as issues in U.S-Honduras relations.
Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 00:00
This report reviews Argentina's financial crisis, the bond exchanges of 2005 and 2010, ongoing litigation, prospects for a final solution, related U.S. legislation, and broader policy issues.
Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 00:00
Recognizing Mexico’s status within the U.S. migration system focuses attention on how the U.S. immigration debate affects Mexico, and on how Mexico may affect certain migration outcomes
Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 00:00
This report provides background on drug trafficking in Mexico: it identifies the major DTOs; how the organized crime “landscape” has been altered by fragmentation; and analyzes the context, scope, and scale of the violence