McCain Institute Contact: Nicole Lavella
Center for American Progress Contact: Annie Malknecht
Phoenix, AZ – On September 12, 2014, The McCain Institute for International Leadership and the Center for American Progress will cohost “Growing Together: Mexico and the United States” at The First Amendment Forum at The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm MST.
Media coverage and popular opinion about the U.S.-Mexico border focuses on the sensational and the negative: 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.
Governor Ted Strickland (D-OH), former governor of Ohio and current President of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, will deliver remarks providing an overview of the project and setting the stage for this event and the following ones in the series.
WHEN: September 12, 2014, 10:30am to 2:30pm. Doors will open at 9:30 am.
WHERE: Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism – First Amendment Forum (2nd Floor) – 555 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
The forum agenda will be as follows:
10:30 am PANEL I: Building a Common U.S.-Mexico Economic Future
12:00 pm Lunch Presentation: U.S.-Mexico Economic Model
1:00 pm PANEL II: Economic and Regional Trade Ties
Panel I will include: Secretary Jose Antonio Meade, Foreign Secretary, Mexico; Janet Murguia, President & CEO, National Council of La Raza; Robert B. Zoellick, Former President, The World Bank and Moderator Ambassador Kurt Volker, Executive Director, The McCain Institute. The Luncheon Presentation will be given by Dr. Anthony Evans, Senior Research Fellow, L. William Seidman Research Institute and Dr. Dennis Hoffman, Director, L. William Seidman Research Institute. Panel II will feature: James Ahlers, General Counsel and VP for Legal Affairs, Molera Alvarez; Margie Emmermann, Executive Director, Mexican Institute for Competitiveness; Juan E. Pardinas, Director, Mexico Institute for Competitiveness, and Moderator Daniel Restrepo, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress.
If you cannot attend the forum, a livestream will be available at: http://mccaininstitute.org/live
For more information about the McCain Institute for International Leadership, please visit: http://mccaininstitute.org. For more information about the Center for American Progress, please visit: http://americanprogress.org/.
About the Center for American Progress
The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just and free America that ensures opportunity for all. We believe that Americans are bound together by a common commitment to these values and we aspire to ensure that our national policies reflect these values. We work to find progressive and pragmatic solutions to significant domestic and international problems and develop policy proposals that foster a government that is “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
About the McCain Institute
Located in Washington, DC, with a strong footprint in Arizona, the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University (ASU) is a non-partisan do-tank dedicated to advancing character-driven leadership based on security, economic opportunity, and human freedom and democracy in the United States and around the world. The Institute seeks to promote leadership and decision-making in the best American tradition of open inquiry, spirited debate, and practical action, and to embrace technology in producing better designs for better decisions in national and international policy.