Prof. Arturo Santa Cruz, University of Guadalajara
Guest Researcher (July 2013)
Professor Arturo Santa Cruz, University of Guadalajara, Mexico, has been awarded a DAAD visiting fellowship and will be staying at CGG's Research Area 4 in July 2013. The Chair of Global Governance is acting as the host institution.
Please find his project's abstract below:
Towards a Security Community? Mexico’s Identity and the Mexico-United States Security Relation
In this project I will review the trajectory of the U.S.-Mexico security agenda since the relationship between the two countries became fully normalized, in the 1940s. My plan is to more fully develop an analytical framework around Mexico’s post-revolutionary identity, which I claim came to serve as the bedrock of the country’s security relationship with its northern neighbor; I will then look at three cases in order to see what the relationship between Mexico’s idnetity and security cooperation with Washington is; the three cases are: World War II (a period during which there was extensive bilateral collaboration), Communist Cuba (an issue-aread in which Mexico discreetly collaborated with the United States), and drug trafficking (a permanent issue in the bilateral agenda and the one in which the change of Mexican identity over the last two decades can be readily traced). While discrete, I venture that the three cases put together point to the broader context that has served as the foundation for the sporadic bilateral cooperation on security matters that has taken place. Resting on a minimalist common understanding of security, the shared elements seem to have started adding up in the last few years, pointing to what might become a Mexico-United States Security Community.
Academic career info at a glance:
Dr Arturo Santa Cruz is researcher at the Department of Pacific Studies and director of the Centre for North American Studies (CEASE) at the University of Guadalajara. He obtained his PhD in Political Science from Cornell University.