Mexico's Drug War

Author: Brianna Lee

Since 2006, the Mexican government has been in embroiled in a bloody drug war, which has failed to significantly curb trafficking. The ongoing conflict poses mounting challenges for Mexico, which is trying to polish its image as an investment hotspot, as well as the United States, its most important regional partner.

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U.S.-Mexico Border Woes

Author: Esther Pan

As U.S. public opinion increasingly favors stronger immigration controls, the Senate considers a bill that would impose harsh penalties on illegal immigrants. The U.S.-Mexican relationship has suffered as a result.

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Are Soda Taxes an Answer in the Fight Against Obesity? A Progress Report From Mexico

Speaker: Juan Rivera
Presider: Thomas J. Bollyky

In 2014, Mexico, which has a higher rate of adult obesity than the United States, became one of the first countries to implement a nationwide soda tax. Dr. Juan Rivera of the National Institutes of Public Health of Mexico joins CFR’s Thomas Bollyky to discuss the early results from the first year of that tax and its implications for the use of soda taxes in other countries and cities.

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A Conversation with Felipe Calderón

Speaker: Felipe Calderón
Presider: Carla A. Hills

Please join President Calderón during one of his final international trips to discuss recent developments in Mexico, bilateral relations with the United States, and the country's role on the international stage.

**Please note the special timing.**

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200 Years of U.S.-Mexico Relations:Challenges for the 21st Century

12:00 to 12:30 PM Buffet Lunch

12:30 to 1:45 PM SESSION ONE:
U.S.-Mexico Relations Today
Carlos Pascual, Ambassador of the United States to Mexico
Arturo Sarukhan, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States
Presider: Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

1:45 to 2:00 PM Break

2:00 to 3:15 PM SESSION TWO:
The Future of Bilateral Security Cooperation
Jorge Chabat, Professor, Department of International Studies, Center for Research and Teaching in Economics, Mexico City
Alfredo Corchado, Mexico Bureau Chief, Dallas Morning News; Visiting Scholar, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University
Frances Townsend, Senior Vice President, MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, Inc.; Former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, The White House (2005-2007)
Presider: Garrick Utley, President, Levin Institute

3:15 to 3:30 PM Break

3:30 to 5:00 PM SESSION THREE:
Beyond NAFTA: Raising Cross-Border Competitiveness
Jorge Mariscal, Partner and Director of Investment Research, Rohatyn Group; Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, Columbia University
Shannon K. O'Neil, Douglas Dillon Fellow for Latin American Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Juan Pardinas, Director of Public Finance, Mexican Institute for Competitiveness
Presider: Ana Paula Ordorica, Journalist, Televisa/Grupo Imagen

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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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