America First Meets Mexico First?

Antonio Ortiz-Mena, Senior Vice President, Albright Stonebridge Group; Andrew Selee, President, Migration Policy Institute; Former Executive Vice President, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Pamela K. Starr, Director, US-Mexico Network, Center on Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California. Moderated by Emilio Kourí.

America First Meets Mexico First?

On December 1, Andrés Manuel López Obrador was sworn in as Mexico’s president, beginning a new era in relations between the United States and its southern neighbor. The two nations share a complex set of overlapping interests on trade, security, and immigration, which have drawn them closer together in recent decades. But presidents Trump and López Obrador were elected on vows to put their nations first: to win deals against the forces of globalization and the political establishment, and to wrest better terms from NAFTA, while the US is taking an ever harder line on immigration and border security. As right wing and left wing populist leaders face each other across the Rio Grande, what are the prospects for future cooperation?

Copies of Andrew Selee’s latest book Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together will be available for sale and signing after the program from the Book Cellar.

Speaker Bio


5:15 p.m.

5:30 p.m.
Discussion & Q&A

6:30 p.m.
Program Adjournment & Book Signing


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