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
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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.
The March 2-3 visit of Mexico's president to Washington offers a chance at easing tensions over the cross-border drug trade, and far more than security issues are at stake, says CFR's Shannon O'Neil.
In this Markets and Democracy Brief, Shannon O'Neil charts the progress of Mexico's economic and democratic reforms. She sees grounds for optimism on both fronts but concludes that Mexico risks falling behind unless it redoubles efforts to overcome its authoritarian past.
Brazen assassinations, kidnappings, and political intimidation by drug lords conjure up images of Colombia in the early 1990s. Yet today it is Mexico that is being engulfed by escalating violence, and U.S. gun laws, immigration rules, drug control and border policies all have exacerbated the problems.
A new shift in U.S.-Mexico security cooperation that focuses on border surveillance and the underpinnings of drug violence is a good long-term approach, but will require patience on both sides, says CFR Latin America expert Shannon O'Neil.
In Ciudad Juarez, where three people with connections to the U.S. consulate were killed over the weekend, it's local gangs rather than drug cartels that are spreading violence, says CFR's Shannon O'Neil. To fight them, part of what's needed is better law and police enforcement and better education.
This three-part timeline looks at the history of U.S.-Mexico relations from Mexican independence to present.
Mexico's new president is pushing through a sweeping package of economic reforms that could help the country emerge as a major economic player, says CFR's Shannon O'Neil.
Whoever wins Mexico's presidential election will need to jumpstart economic growth, work toward energy reform, and deal with a violent drug war, says CFR's Shannon K. O'Neil.
Mexico's economy and tourism industry are growing despite an escalation in drug violence in recent years, says CFR's Shannon O'Neil as she discusses its implications for U.S.-Mexico relations, immigration, and U.S. economic growth.
Mexican President Felipe Calderón's state visit to Washington could highlight immigration concerns at a time of growing cross-border partnership on Mexico's drug war, says CFR's Shannon O'Neil.
Despite the unknowns about the swine flu outbreak, policymakers need to keep a steady flow of information and prevent a panicked global response, says Michael Osterholm, a leading public health expert.
Shannon O’Neil, CFR’s Mexico expert, says Washington’s $1.4 billion multiyear plan to bolster Mexico’s crackdown on drug and criminal rings, while drawing criticism, is likely to win congressional approval.
Congressman Thomas Tancredo, a four-term Colorado Republican who chairs the 104-member House Immigration Reform Caucus, believes that tough immigration reform is essential to preserve the country's identity.
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"[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."