The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Mexico has so far stayed relatively low, but most experts expect that number to rapidly increase in the coming weeks. The government response to this pandemic, however, has received criticism for its nonchalant approach. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration has not suspended mass rallies, stopped large gatherings, halted international flights into the country, or apparently taken the threat seriously. Moreover, experts say Mexico’s health care system is unable to effectively respond to a major outbreak, which will likely prevent many from receiving treatment in the coming weeks.
At this free online webinar, Tony Payan, director of the Center for the United States and Mexico, discussed the coronavirus pandemic in Mexico and the country’s response and capacity to deal with it. Follow @BakerCtrUSMEX on Twitter and join the conversation online with #BakerMexico.
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1:00 p.m. — Presentation
Tony Payan, Ph.D., is the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the Center for the United States and Mexico at the Baker Institute. He is also an adjunct associate professor at Rice University and a professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez. Between 2001 and 2015, Payan was a professor of political science at The University of Texas at El Paso. Payan’s research focuses primarily on border studies, particularly the U.S.-Mexico border. His work includes studies of border governance, border flows and immigration, as well as border security and organized crime. Payan has authored two books, “Cops, Soldiers and Diplomats: Understanding Agency Behavior in the War on Drugs” and “The Three U.S.-Mexico Border Wars: Drugs, Immigration and Homeland Security” (2006 and 2016 editions). He has also co-edited six volumes: “Gobernabilidad e Ingobernabilidad en la Región Paso del Norte,” “Human Rights Along the U.S.-Mexico Border: Gendered Violence and Insecurity,” “De Soldaderas a Activistas: La mujer chihuahuense en los albores del Siglo XXI,” “A War that Can’t Be Won: Binational Perspectives on the War on Drugs,” “Undecided Nation: Political Gridlock and the Immigration Crisis,” and "Reforma Energética y Estado de Derecho en México." In addition, he has authored several book chapters and journal publications. Payan earned a B.A. in philosophy and classical languages from the University of Dallas and an MBA from the University of Dallas Graduate School of Management. He received a doctorate degree in international relations from Georgetown University in 2001.