U.S. Security Assistance to Mexico: A View From the Hill

Speaker: Kay Granger
Presider: Andrew D. Selee

As Mexico continues to struggle with the effects of illegal activity within and along its border region, evidenced by dramatic growth in drug-related violence, join U.S. Representative Kay Granger for a congressional perspective on the status of U.S. security assistance to Mexico and policy options moving forward.


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New York Symposium: U.S.-Mexico Relations Beyond the 2012 Elections

Session One: U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation
This panel will focus on the current security situation in Mexico, and will examine how the United States can best assist Mexico in combating shared security threats.
Alejandro Hope
, Project Director, 'Less Crime, Less Punishment' project, Instituto Mexicano para la Competividad (IMCO) and México Evalúa
Eric L. Olson
, Senior Associate, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Shannon K. O'Neil, Douglas Dillon Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider: Ginger Thompson, Domestic Correspondent, New York Times
8:30 to 9:00 AM Breakfast Reception
9:00 to 10:15 AM Meeting

Session Two: U.S.-Mexico Economic Ties
This panel will look at the current state of U.S.-Mexico trade, the health of both economies, and how to strengthen the bilateral economic relationship.
Gerardo Esquivel
, Professor of Economics, El Colegio de Mexico
Claudio X. Gonzalez, Chairman of the Board, Kimberly-Clark de México, S.A.B. de C.V.
Carla A. Hills, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hills and Company International Consultants; Co-chair, Council on Foreign Relations; Former U.S. Trade Representative
Presider: Matthew Bishop, American Business Editor, The Economist
10:30 to 11:45 AM Meeting

Session Three: The Evolution and Future of U.S.-Mexico Relations
Jorge Castañeda
, Former Secretary of Foreign Relations, United Mexican States; Global Distinguished Professor, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, New York University; Author, Manana Forever?: Mexico and the Mexicans
Robert A. Pastor
, Professor and Director of the Center for North American Studies, American University; Author, The North American Idea: A Vision of a Continental Future
Presider: James F. Hoge Jr., Counselor, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Editor, Foreign Affairs
12:00 to 1:30 PM Lunch and Meeting

To RSVP, please indicate which sessions you would like to attend on the agenda and email or call the Meetings Response Line at 212.434.9600.

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New Yorker: The Hunt For El Chapo

Author: Patrick Radden Keefe

"[Joaquin] Guzman has been characterized by the U.S. Treasury Department as "the world's most powerful drug trafficker," and after the killing of Osama bin Laden, three years ago, he became perhaps the most wanted fugitive on the planet. Mexican politicians promised to bring him to justice, and the U.S. offered a five-million-dollar reward for information leading to his capture. But part of Guzmán's fame stemmed from the perception that he was uncatchable, and he continued to thrive, consolidating control of key smuggling routes and extending his operation into new markets in Europe, Asia, and Australia. According to one study, the Sinaloa cartel is now active in more than fifty countries."

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