full professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of San Diego
Dr. David A. Shirk is a full professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of San Diego, and a Global Fellow at the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Dr. Shirk directs "Justice in Mexico" (www.justiceinmexico.org), a policy research initiative on criminal justice and the rule of law in Mexico founded in 2001. He conducts research on Mexican politics, U.S.-Mexican relations, and law enforcement and security along the U.S.-Mexican border. He received his B.A. in International Studies at Lock Haven University, studying abroad in Mexico, Japan, and the USSR. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego, and was fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies from 1998-99 and 2001-2003. During his undergraduate and graduate studies, Dr. Shirk received the Matthew David Klee Minority Scholarship, an American Political Science Association Ralph Bunch Program Scholarship, a National Science Foundation Minority Scholarship, and a University of California President's Scholarship. From 2003 to 2013, he was director of the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego.
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Security, justice and good governance are integral to Central America’s hopes for sustained economic recovery. Our panelists will discuss the multi-dimensional aspects of security issues in the Northern Triangle region including challenges of growing narco-violence, the influence of organized crime, weak governance and collapsing rule of law. Panelists will examine proposed U.S. strategies for addressing some of these root cause factors that are triggering the northbound migration of Central Americans to the southern border of the United States.
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