Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Conference Nov.17-18, 2011 Mexico at the Crossroads: Learning from History, Facing the Future

November 17th, 2011 - November 18th, 2011

Location
LBC Stibbs Conference Room 203, Uptown Campus
#14 on this LBC Building Map – Second Floor
Where is the LBC Building?
#29 on this Uptown Campus Map

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ALL SESSIONS FREE EXCEPT FOR THE LUNCHEON PRESENTATION ON THURSDAY, NOV 17

Mexico at the Crossroads: Learning from History, Facing the Future
Sponsored by El Colegio de México and the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research

CONFERENCE SYNTHESIS
View a published synopsis of the conference here.

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CONFERENCE PROGRAM
Download the PDF version here.

NOVEMBER 17

8:45-9:00 Arrival and Registration

9:00-9:30 Welcome and Introductory Remarks

  • Michael Bernstein (Provost, Tulane University)
  • Javier Garciadiego (President, El Colegio de Mexico)

9:30-10:30 Panel 1: The Legacy of Independence and the Revolution

  • Some Consequences of the Independence of Mexico
    Josefina Z. Vázquez (Colegio de Mexico)
  • Revolution One Hundred Years After
    Javier Garciadiego (Colegio de Mexico)
  • Discussant: Kris Lane (Tulane University)
  • Chair: Thomas F. Reese (Tulane University)

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Panel 2: Foreign Policy

  • Mexico’s Policy Towards Latin America: Facing Diversity
    Ana Covarrubias (Colegio de Mexico)
  • Mexico US Relations at a Crossroads. The Challenges for the Next Mexican and US Administrations
    Gustavo Vega (Colegio de Mexico)
  • Francisco González (SAIS)
  • Chair: Ludovico Feoli (Tulane University)

12:30-2:00 Keynote Speaker and Lunch
Change of venue: Kendall Cram Lecture Hall, LBC 2nd Floor

  • Ambassador Julián Ventura, Under Secretary for North America, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico

2:30-4:00 Panel 3: Structural Change, Economic Growth and Equity: Part I

  • Why Isn’t Mexico Rich? Why Should it be?
    Gerardo Esquivel (Colegio de Mexico)
  • Economic Performance, Inequality and Poverty: 1982-2010
    Nora Lustig (Tulane University)
  • Trade, Employment, and Wages: Effects of Regional and Global Integration on Mexican Manufacturing
    Robert Blecker (American University)
  • Chair: James Alm (Tulane University)

4:00-5:30 Panel 4: Structural Change, Economic Growth and Equity: Part II

  • Telecommunications Regulation. Political Incentives
    Alejandro Castañeda (Colegio de Mexico)
  • The Impact of Economic Policy Changes on Mexico´s Rural Economy: 1985-2010
    Isidro Soloaga (Colegio de Mexico)
  • Discussant (for both panels): Rolando Cordera (UNAM)
  • Chair: Marco Castañeda (Tulane University)

NOVEMBER 18

8:30-10:30 Panel 1: Demographic Change and Migration

  • Making Virtue Out of Necessity: Toward a New Generation of Migration Policies
    Francisco Alba (Colegio de Mexico)
  • U.S. Attempts to Control Mexican Migration, 1993-2011: What Have They Accomplished?
    Wayne Cornelius (University of California, San Diego)
  • Central American Immigration and Transmigration in Mexico: Current Trends and Debates
    Manuel Angel Castillo (Colegio de Mexico)
  • The Population of Mexico in the 21st Century
    Manuel Ordorica (Colegio de Mexico)
  • Chair: Aaron Schneider (Tulane University)

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45-12:15 Panel 2: Democracy and Elections

  • The Dilemmas of Mexican Democracy
    Jean-Francois Prud’homme (Colegio de Mexico)
  • Political Participation and Electoral Preferences in Mexico: Towards the 2012 Election
    Fernanda Somuano (Colegio de Mexico)
  • Do Mexican Presidential Campaigns Make a Difference? Lessons from Prior Elections
    Rod Camp (Claremont McKenna College)
  • Effective Democracy? Political Competition, Party Attachments and Vote Buying in Mexico
    Sergio Béjar (Tulane University)
  • Discussant: Andrew Selee (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars)
  • Chair: Jimmy Huck (Tulane University)

12:15-2:35 Lunch

  • (1:45 – 2:30 Visit to Latin American Library)

2:15-3:15 Panel 3: Security and Drug Trafficking

  • Violence and Criminality in Mexico: An Analysis of Recent Trends
    Arturo Alvarado (Colegio de Mexico)
  • Can the U.S. Do Anything to Help?
    Peter Hakim (Inter-American Dialogue)
  • Discussant: Eduardo Silva (Tulane University)
  • Chair: David Ortiz (Tulane University)

3:30-5:00 Keynote Address
Change of venue: Kendall Cram Lecture Hall, LBC 2nd Floor

  • Scott Cowen (President, Tulane University)
  • Openness and Growth in Mexico
    Jaime Serra-Puche (Former Minister of Trade, Mexico; President, SAI Consulting S.C.)

The conference is also supported by the World Affairs Council of New Orleans.

PLEASE RSVP TO Angela Reed.

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ALL SESSIONS FREE EXCEPT FOR THE LUNCHEON PRESENTATION ON THURSDAY, NOV 17

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