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Mexico in 2016: What's at Stake?

Over the last three decades, Mexico has undergone a remarkable economic, political and social transformation. At the same time, the integration of its economy with the United States has fundamentally altered the nature of the bilateral relationship from one of competition to partnership. While Mexico still faces challenges such as an uneven educational system and a weak rule of law, there is an opportunity for U.S. policy attention to support the country's efforts to strengthen its economic future.

Americas Society/ Council of the Americas and the Mexico Center at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy will co-host a two-panel discussion exploring the issues at stake for Mexico in its own development and in its relationship with the United States at a critical period — shortly following gubernatorial elections, two-thirds of the way through President Enrique Peña Nieto’s six-year term, during a U.S. presidential election year, and just before a June 29 North American Leaders' Summit. Panelists will examine Mexico’s economic trajectory, the relationship between the rule of law and economic development, and the important implications of both for the United States.

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9:00 am




9:15 am



Mexico's Globalized Economy and North American Integration

Moderator: Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Agustín Barrios Gómez
President, Mexico Image Foundation

Phil Levy
Senior Fellow, Global Economy, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Eugenio Madero
President, Rassini

10:25 am



Rule of Law in Mexico and Implications for Economic Development

Moderator: Tony Payan, Director, Mexico Center, and the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies, Baker Institute

Eduardo Bohorquez
Executive Director, Transparencia Mexicana

Juan Antonio Le Clercq
Director, Center for the Study of Impunity and Justice, and Academic Director, International Relations and Political Science, Universidad de las Américas, Puebla

Alejandro Ponce
Chief Research Officer, World Justice Project


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Thu, June 23, 2016
9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20036