The Evolving U.S.-Mexican Partnership
Secretary Clinton and Mexican Foreign Secretary Espinosa in Washington, April 29, 2011. [AP Photo]

About the Author: Roberta Jacobson serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

Linked by culture, history, and economics, as well as social and family ties, the United States and Mexico enjoy one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world. The security and prosperity of our two countries are uniquely bound together, so the challenges that we face from organized crime demand that we work together.

Early in this administration, President Obama and Secretary Clinton recognized the principles of joint responsibility, respect for sovereignty, and partnership in fighting transnational criminal organizations, and asked us to create mechanisms to enable the United States and Mexico to strengthen cooperation between our countries and build institutional capacity.

The U.S.-Mexico Merida High-Level Consultative Group has become the principal mechanism through which our governments collaborate on security issues, including implementing… more »