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Mexico Update: December 2007

Friday, November 30, 2007

Marking the conclusion of President Calderon’s first year in office, the AS/COA looks back at his accomplishments and challenges ahead in the new year. Opinion polls give the President a higher rating than that of his predecessor at the same point in time. ... Read More

Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez on Trade in the Western Hemisphere

Friday, November 30, 2007

Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez, speaking at the James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy, discussed the importance of trade to the U.S. economy. He also spoke about free trade in the Americas, saying rejection of a free-trade agreement with Colombia "would be not just a step backwards, but one of the biggest foreign policy mistakes of our time in our region." ... Read More

Venezuelans Gear Up for Referendum

Thursday, November 29, 2007

While world attention focuses on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's war of words with Colombia and Spain, Venezuelans prepare to vote on a constitutional referendum that could allow Chavez to hold office indefinitely. Polls indicate the outcome of Sunday's vote remains uncertain. AS/COA’s Latin America Conference featured a discussion panel on the referendum. ... Read More

Exclusive Interview: Jorge Castañeda, Former Foreign Minister of Mexico

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda, author of Ex Mex: From Migrants to Immigrants, played a firsthand role in attempts to forge a U.S.-Mexican immigration deal. He says reform could come in time, but U.S. leaders remain hesitant: "Who wants to take a leadership position on this and then get slammed in Iowa?" ... Read More