With the presidential transition on Jan. 20, the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico enters a new chapter. Both the incoming administration of Joe Biden and the administration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador have been preparing for the challenges ahead for the binational relationship. López Obrador has appointed a new ambassador to the United States and, following the arrest of a former Mexican defense minister in the U.S., backed new legislation that regulates the activities of foreign agents on Mexican soil. For its part, the new Biden administration is expected to expand the bilateral focus to include issues such as climate change, trade and the implementation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and security cooperation. Other more immediate issues are also on the table, including the pandemic, which has contributed to both countries’ isolation and weak economic performance. None of these issues will be easy to address.
At this webinar, a panel of experts discussed the opportunities and challenges that both nations will face in the next four years and how they can move toward a more cooperative future.
11:00 a.m. — Presentation
11:45 a.m. — Q&A
Enrique Cárdenas, Ph.D.
President, Signos Vitales
Vanda Felbab-Brown, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, Brookings Institution
Tony Payan, Ph.D.
Director, Center for the United States and Mexico; Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies, Baker Institute
His Excellency Arturo Sarukhan
President, Sarukhan + Associates; Former Mexican Ambassador to the United States
Rodrigo Montes de Oca
Research Scholar, Center for the United States and Mexico, Baker Institute