Rising Powers and Global Institutions in the Twenty-First Century
On Wednesday, May 19, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) will hold a multisession, half-day symposium in Washington, DC, on the implications of rising powers for global governance.
8:00 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Reception
8:30 8:40 a.m. Opening Remarks: World Order and Multilateral Cooperation in the Twenty-First Century
8:40 9:50 a.m. Global Economic Governance: Progress and Prospects in the G20, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank
9:50 9:55 a.m. Break
9:55 11:10 a.m. Global Security Institutions: The Nonproliferation Regime
11:10 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. 12:15 p.m. Keynote Address and Conversation with James B. Steinberg
12:15 1:00 p.m. Lunch Reception
By refocusing from more militarized bilateral security assistance to institution building, Mexico and the United States can work together to strengthen the rule of law, to the benefit of both countries.
Under the security cooperation agreement called the Merida Initiative, the United States provides military and law enforcement assistance to the Mexican government in support of efforts to combat drug cartels and organized crime. The United States and Mexico jointly developed this agreement in response to a substantial increase in drug-related criminal activity and violence on both sides of the border.
Across Mexico, the lawlessness and carnage of the drug wars have given rise to scores of local self-defense forces aiming to defend their communities. The federal government may be tempted to disband and disarm these armed vigilantes, but until it can shape up its security sector, the local groups offer an imperfect but acceptable alternative.