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The Disparate Destinies of the United States and Mexico

The histories of the United States and Mexico are intertwined but have followed substantially different paths of development, both politically and economically. At this event, Eliseo Mendoza Berrueto, scholar and former governor of the state of Coahuila, discussed the factors that propelled the two countries onto such different courses and the implications for this binational relationship. His presentation was based on his scholarly work, which has culminated in his book “Historias Dispares: Estados Unidos de México, Estados Unidos de América” (STAMMPA Editores, 2016).

After Mendoza's remarks, Jesús Velasco, Ph.D., nonresident scholar at the Baker Institute Mexico Center, further explored Mendoza’s findings and offer commentary on his book.

This event is sponsored by the Baker Institute Mexico Center and the Consulate General of Mexico in Houston.

Support for the reception will be provided by George Korkmas, Tony K’s Home of Fine Spirits, and Cafe Lili.

Follow the conversation with #BakerMexico.





Welcome and Introduction

Tony Payan, Ph.D.
Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and Director, Mexico Center

Oscar Rodríguez
Consul General of Mexico in Houston

Featured Speaker

Eliseo Mendoza Berrueto
Former Governor of Coahuila, Mexico


Jesús Velasco, Ph.D.
Nonresident Scholar, Mexico Center, and Joe and Teresa Long Endowed Chair in Social Sciences, Tarleton State University

Featured Speaker

Eliseo Mendoza Berrueto is the former governor of the state of Coahuila in Mexico. Mendoza had a long political career and held numerous offices at the state and national levels, including undersecretary of commerce, undersecretary of higher education, and undersecretary of energy; senator of the Republic of Mexico; and member of Mexico’s House of Representatives, among other positions. Mendoza served as dean of the Instituto de Altos Estudios Internacionales in Coahuila, director of the Center for Economic and Demographic Studies of El Colegio de Mexico, and professor at multiple academic institutions. He has also served as president of El Colegio de la Frontera Norte Foundation and the Voluntades para Progresar Foundation. Mendoza has written and edited various publications focused on Mexico’s economy, history and politics, including "El Presidencialismo Mexicano,” "Memoria de las Palabras” and "Los Retos de México.” Mendoza holds a degree in education from the Benemérita Escuela Normal de Coahuila and a degree in economics from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, as well as postgraduate certificates in economic planning and accounting and in integral planning from the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Hague.


6:30 pm — Reception
7:00 pm — Presentation


Thu, May 18, 2017
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
Rice University's Baker Institute
Houston, Texas 77005

Kelly International Conference Facility