The United States-Mexico Security Relationship


Two participants in Partnership for a Secure America’s Congressional Partnership Program hosted a discussion with Professor John Bailey, Georgetown University, Department of Government and School of Foreign Service Director, Mexico Project and Iñigo Guevara, Mexican writer and analyst specializing in Latin American defense and security issues; former adviser to Mexico’s Office of the National Security Council. The subject of the briefing was developments in the U.S.-Mexico security relationship since the election of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

This event was held on Monday, September 30th.

Professor John Bailey

Prof. Bailey has taught at Georgetown University since 1970. Following study and fieldwork in Peru and Colombia, his research since the late 1970s focused largely on Mexico. His sabbatical leaves in Mexico include the Instituto Nacional de Administracion Publica (1979), El Colegio de Mexico (1985), and the Universidad de Nuevo Leon (Monterrey; 1991). He has published articles and book chapters on a variety of policy issues in Mexican politics, including agriculture, public budgeting, decentralization, education, electoral reform, government-business relations and social security. During 1980-90 he directed the Mexico Seminar at the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute. Most recently he has concentrated on issues of national and public security in the bilateral relationship and in the Western Hemisphere more broadly. He is currently completing a book about “security traps” and democratic governance. Professor Bailey has chaired the Government Department (1987-90) and directed the Latin American Studies Program (1972-74; 1994-96). He received an “Honored Faculty” award from the School of Foreign Service in 2002 for excellence in teaching.


Mr. Iñigo Guevara Moyano

Mr. Moyano is a Mexican writer and analyst specializing in Latin American defense and security issues. He is a former advisor to Mexico’s Office of the National Security Council and a former head of statistical analysis at a State-level law enforcement agency in Mexico. Mr. Moyano is a member of the Collective for the Analysis of Security for Democracy (CASEDE), the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), where he contributes to the Military Expenditure and Arms Transfer projects. In Washington, DC, he has lectured at the Brookings Institution, Georgetown University, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI), Council of the America’s (COA), Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF), and Committee on Hemispheric Security of the Organization of American States (OAS). Mr. Moyano’s focus is on armed forces’ policy, structure, and the procurement of equipment, infrastructure, and technology. Mr. Moyano is the author of Latin American Fighters (HARPIA, 2009), a history of jet fighters and armed jet trainers in service with Latin American air arms since 1947, and has published over 50 articles in academic journals and specialized magazines. Mr. Moyano holds a Certification in Administration of Public Security from the Instituto de Administracion Publica de Queretaro (IAPQ), a bachelor’s degree in international trade (LIN 00) from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in Mexico, a master’s degree in international security from Georgetown University, and completed the Strategy and Defense Policy course presented by the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS) at National Defense University.