A positive relationship between the United States and Mexico is vital for the well-being of both countries. Their economic, social and political ties run deep and have grown even stronger in the first two decades of the 21st century. Recently, the two governments have moved to renew their commercial relationship, to establish collaboration agreements on immigration and to search for a new framework on security cooperation. All of this presents an important opportunity to reaffirm a partnership that will remain strategic for both nations. At this event, Her Excellency Martha Bárcena Coqui, Mexico's ambassador to the United States, offered her views on this important bilateral relationship and a pathway to a prosperous, productive future.
11:00 a.m. — Presentation
11:30 a.m. — Q&A
Her Excellency Martha Bárcena Coqui is the first woman ambassador of Mexico to the United States. She joined the Mexican Foreign Service in 1979 and has served as the consul in Barcelona (1989-1990); ambassador to Denmark (2004-2013); ambassador to Turkey (2013-2017); and permanent representative of Mexico to the United Nations Agencies based in Rome (2017-2018). In Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bárcena served as the technical secretary of the III LAC-EU Summit (2003-2004). She was also the adviser to the undersecretary for Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the United Nations, specializing in international security and peacekeeping operations (2000-2003). From 1998 to 2000, she served as the deputy director of the Planning and Prospective Division, and from 1986-89 she was the advisor to the executive director of the Mexican Institute of International Cooperation. She was also head of the Department of Migrant Workers and Border Cooperation in the General Directorate for North America. In the social sector, Bárcena served as advisor to the director of the Regional Center for Cooperation in Adult Education in Latin America and the Caribbean and general director of the Latin American Center for Globality, an NGO that promotes research on global governance and the impact of globalization in Latin America. She has worked as a professor at the Universidad Iberoamericana and at the Matías Romero Institute, and she holds two master's degrees, one in international studies from the Diplomatic School in Spain and one in political philosophy from the Universidad Iberoamericana.
Tony Payan, Ph.D.
Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies;
Director, Center for the United States and Mexico, Baker Institute