Militarization in the Americas Research Collective explores militarized forms of policing and security agreements between the United States and Latin American countries, such as the Merida Initiative and Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI). Of particular interest to our group are the ways in which the wars on drugs and terror serving as framing devices for these forms of policing and how different communities are choosing to respond to heightened policing and aggressive security measures. These policies and their outcomes depart considerably from their predecessors and researchers are only beginning to grapple with how to understand their impact.
Members of our workshop research Mexico, Colombia, and the United States and have found these themes to be both underexplored and essential to contextualizing their own individual research. Our goal as a workshop is to offer members opportunities to come together and share knowledge across disciplines. We also believe that by providing people with a space for discussions, we can begin to think collectively and critically about how to analyze contemporary militarized violence in Latin America and its intersections with other ongoing phenomenon.
We are generously funded by the Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop Program at the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan.