With the administration of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador now in the fifth year of its six-year term, key questions about the country’s future arise. Some are related to Mexico’s democracy and politics, often afflicted by extreme polarization, and growing weaknesses in the country’s rule of law. Others involve the nation’s poor economic performance, rising poverty and inequality, and unstable fiscal policy. The state of public safety and security, the deterioration of the national strategic infrastructure and the enormous challenges in Mexico’s education and health sectors are other major concerns, in addition to the future of its energy industry and its relationship with the United States.
In an effort to envision the post-López Obrador era and address these challenges, the Baker Institute Center for the U.S. and Mexico has launched the Mexico 2025 and Beyond initiative. The fourth event held as part of the initiative featured a panel discussion on the role that think tanks play in the public policy process in Mexico and in its bilateral relations with the United States.
This public event followed the U.S.-Mexico Think Tank Summit, a private workshop series that brought together representatives from major U.S. and Mexican think tanks to examine policy issues in Mexico and U.S.-Mexico relations. Participants discussed relevant areas of study and found common agendas for collaboration in an effort to strengthen institutional capacity and reach on important public policy issues. A conference report summarizing key findings from the workshops will be released soon.
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5:30 pm — Welcome
5:40 pm — Panel Discussion
6:30 pm — Q&A Session
Juan E. Pardinas, Ph.D.
General Editorial Director, Reforma
Julio Portales, Ph.D.
President, Grupo ICB
Clare Ribando Seelke
Nonresident Scholar, Baker Institute; Specialist in Latin American Affairs, Congressional Research Service
Tony Payan, Ph.D.
Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies; Director, Center for the United States and Mexico, Baker Institute