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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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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United States, Mexico, and Latin America with Ricardo Salinas

Speaker: Ricardo Salinas
Presider: Donna J. Hrinak

As chairman and founder of Grupo Salinas, Ricardo Salinas has built one of the largest business conglomerates in Latin America providing banking and telecommunication services to millions at the bottom of the economic pyramid. Through his non-profit work and foundations, Fundacion Azteca and Fundacion Azteca America, he is increasingly involved in improving Latin America and the Latino community in the United States. This is a discussion with Salinas on the state of poverty, democracy, free enterprise, and rule of law in Latin America, and the prospects for its relationship with the United States.

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A Conversation with Felipe Calderón

Speaker: Felipe Calderón
Presider: Carla 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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