Madison Committee
on Foreign Relations

Dinosaurs, Democracy and Development: A New Era in Mexico and U.S.-Mexico Relations

  • Tuesday, April 09, 2013
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • University Club, 803 State St, Madison


  • For guests of Institutional member

Registration is closed
Co-Sponsored by the Latin America, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program, UW-Madison.

The victory of Enrique Peña Nieto in Mexico’s 2012 presidential elections has brought the party that singlehandedly ruled Mexico for 70 years back to power after twelve years in the cold. Is this a return to the old or evidence of a functioning competitive democracy? The new president and his team have said they would like to focus less on drugs and thugs and more on economic opportunity in relations with the United States. Does this put a kink in ongoing efforts or is it an opportunity to broaden them? And what of Mexico’s supposedly roaring economy and bloody drug war - can the headlines all be true?

Christopher Wilson is an Associate at the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where he develops the Institute’s research and programming on regional economic integration and U.S.-Mexico border affairs. He is the author of Working Together: Economic Ties between the United States and Mexico (Wilson Center, 2011). Chris previously served as a Mexico Analyst for the U.S. Military and as a researcher at American University’s Center for North American Studies. In Mexico, he worked with the international trade consultancy IQOM, Inteligencia Comercial, and with American students studying regional political and social issues.

**Notes On Accessibility at the University Club**

There is a ramp on the NW side of the building, and there are elevators to all levels.  The University Club prefers to escort people who use the elevator to go to the lower level, since it comes out at a part of the building that isn't very close to the meeting area. 

The men's restroom is on the bottom floor and the women's is on the ground floor; however there is a unisex restroom on the bottom floor if a woman doesn't want to take the stairs or elevator up.

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