: Online Only: Growing Together: Mexico and the United States
Media coverage and popular opinion about the U.S.-Mexico border focuses on the sensational: illegal immigration, drug trafficking, violent crime, and most recently, the spate of Central American children seeking refuge in the United States. Little attention is paid publicly to what is arguably a far more significant set of trends: the strengthening of the U.S.-Mexico economic relationship into one that is driving growth, job-creation, and human development on both sides of the border.
This event will feature key leaders from the U.S. and Mexico to initiate a broad policy conversation aimed at building on this growing economic relationship–and the potential it offers for the future. In addition, researchers from Arizona State University will present a new economic model of the U.S.-Mexico economic relationship that offers a means of visualizing a wide range of potential policy choices.
Ambassador Medina Mora and Governor Ted Strickland will give opening remarks.
Ambassador Medina Mora, Mexican Ambassador to the U.S.
Governor Ted Strickland, President, Center for American Progress Action Fund
PANEL I: U.S.-Mexico Economic Relations Overview
Secretary Jose Antonio Meade, Foreign Secretary, Mexico
Robert B. Zoellick, Former President, The World Bank
Moderator: Ambassador Kurt Volker, Executive Director, The McCain Institute
Dr. Anthony Evans, Senior Research Fellow, L. William Seidman Research Institute
Dr. Dennis Hoffman, Director, L. William Seidman Research Institute
PANEL II: The Economy of the U.S.-Mexico border region:
James Ahlers, General Counsel & VP for Legal Affairs, Molera Alvarez
Margie Emmermann, Executive Director, Arizona-Mexico Commission
Juan Pardinas, Director, Mexican Institute for Competitiveness
Moderator: Dan Restrepo, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress