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Andrew Selee Director, Mexico Institute
Eric L. Olson Senior Associate, Mexico Institute
Robert Donnelly Program Associate, Mexico Institute
Christopher Wilson Program Associate, Mexico
Institute Miguel Salazar Program Assistant, Mexico Institute
Alison Lucas Staff Intern
Alexander Ascencio Staff Intern

Upcoming Event:

A Discussion on Mexican Politics with Roderic Camp
January 20, 2012 10:00am — 12:00pm

The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and the Hispanic Division, Library of Congress invite you to the launch of two new books, Mexico: What Everyone Needs to Know, and Mexican Political Biographies, 1935-2009, by Roderic Camp.

Who is Roderic Camp and why is it exciting?

Roderic Ai Camp Mexico Institute, Advisory Board Member
Professor of the Pacific Rim, Claremont McKenna College

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The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between
Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and
proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by
José Antonio Fernández Carbajal and Roger W. Wallace, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute.

The Institute maintains an ongoing focus on five key issues in U.S.-Mexico relations:


Resource Pages:

Mexico News and Analysis
The Mexico Portal (see above) provides comprehensive and timely news, analysis and studies on Mexico. It covers a wide range of crucial issues, including migration, security, the economy, development, energy, and elections.

Latino Migrant Civic and Political Participation
A study of the practices of civic engagement and political participation of Latino immigrants in the United States can be found here.

U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation
Policy briefs, reports, analysis, current news and information about U.S.-Mexico security cooperation initiatives, intended to confront organized crime and to strengthen the rule of law in the United States and Mexico, can be found here.

Elections Guide
The Elections Guide (see above) offers the latest information on the upcoming Mexican elections, from the candidate's backgrounds and information about the political parties, to a timeline of what's in store leading up to the 2012 elections.

Mexican Rural Development
This study was made possible thanks to a grant from the Global Development Program of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and reflects collaboration between the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Mexico Institute, the University of California, Santa Cruz and researchers from CIDE, the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas.

Key Issues

The Institute maintains an ongoing focus on five key issues in U.S.-Mexico relations:


Special Initiatives

In addition to its key issue areas, the Mexico Institute works on several special initiatives:

"Dialogues with Mexico/Dialogos con Mexico":
This ongoing speaker series brings leading speakers from Mexico to address pressing issues of interest.

The Congressional Initiative:
The Wilson Center organizes frequent briefings on the Hill to bring analysis and discussion of U.S.-Mexico policy options to U.S. congressional audiences. In 2010, the Center organized a special trip to Mexico City and Zacatecas for a select group of senior congressional staff in May to discuss bilateral relations.

The Public Policy Scholars Program:
The Mexico Institute collaborates with the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI) each year for the Mexico Public Policy Scholars Program. The objective of the Program is to allow a period of advanced research and a publication about political policy, in order to bring together the academic and policy communities in the United States and in Mexico.


With Stake in Stability, Businesses in Mexico Help City Shaken by Violence( Jan 11, 2012)

Woodrow Wilson Awards to Honor Javier Bours and Alejandro Marti in Mexico City (Nov 09, 2011)

Awards Celebrate Bi-National 'Success Stories' (Sep 30, 2011)

U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation Portal (Sep 15, 2011)
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Information on the U.S.-Mexico security cooperation, including reports, policy briefs, key headlines and analysis.

Mexico Institute Advisory Board Member Manuel Tamez interviews President Calderón on “Preguntale al Presidente” (In Spanish) (Sep 06, 2011)

U.S. Immigration Policy since 9/11: Understanding the Stalemate Over Comprehensive Immigration (Aug 24, 2011)

U.S. Immigration Policy and Mexican/Central American Migration Flows: Then and Now (Aug 19, 2011)


Check out the recent ones, including this one:

Discussion with Enrique Peña Nieto
November 14, 2011 10:30am
Mr. Peña Nieto is the former governor of the State of Mexico and is a leading voice within in the PRI
party. The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute was happy to host the former governor for a talk entitled
“The Mexico of Today.”


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Border Security

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Andrés Manuel López Obrador

Dialogues with Mexico/Diálogos con México featuring Andrés Manuel López Obrador October 11, 2011
10:00am — 11:15am

Former Mayor of Mexico City, Partido de la Revolucion Democratica.
López Obrador, or AMLO, as he is commonly referred to, lost the 2006 presidential election by less than one percentage point according to official results. The narrow outcome and reports of irregularities lead to his call for a full recount. When electoral authorities agreed only to a more limited recount in select areas, AMLO decided to not accept the final official results and led a large public protest in downtown Mexico City for several weeks. Since then, he has continued to be active and visible in public affairs and is giving every indication that he will run again for President in 2012. He has a strong network of support within the PRD and approval ratings of 68-69% amongst PRD supporters, and is assumed to be the odds-on favorite for the PRD nomination. He has said he will support whomever is polling better within the PRD closer to the election, including Marcelo Ebrard – current Mayor of Mexico City and AMLO’s main rival within the PRD.

Democracy Promotion

Economics and Globalization

Working Together: Economic Ties between the United States and Mexico

Mexican Rural Development Portal


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Event Speakers List:
José Antonio Crespo Professor and Researcher Centro de Investigación y Docenia Económicas (CIDE)
Roberta Lajous Visiting professor and former Mexican Ambassador Colegio de Mexico
Luis Carlos Ugalde Reagan-Fascell fellow National Endowment for Democracy
Duncan Wood Professor and Researcher Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and Center for Strategic and International Studies
Andrew Selee Director, Mexico Institute




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