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A Conversation on Redefining the Relationship for Prosperity in North America

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

October 25, 2017


(Image: Secretariat of Foreign Relations, Mexico)

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NAFTA is the engine that has made North America the economic powerhouse it is today, accounting for 14 million American jobs and underpinning cooperation on security, migration, and border issues. But, with more than $1 trillion in trilateral trade on the line, renegotiations continue amid uncertainty over whether the three partners will effectively modernize the accord, make cosmetic changes, or witness the deal’s demise.

AS/COA is pleased to invite you to the presentation of the paper, Redefining the Relationship for Prosperity in North America, with Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI) experts Luis Rubio, Luis de la Calle, and Agustín Barrios Gómez.

Elaborated by COMEXI’s Working Group on the Future of the U.S.-Mexico Relationship, the research analyzes the current state of bilateral ties and outlines specific recommendations for future North American engagement. Panelists will also share their perspectives on the ongoing NAFTA talks, as well as how Mexico’s presidential election and U.S. midterms could affect the negotiations.

This event is part of AS/COA’s Mexico Series.


  • Agustín Barrios Gómez, General Partner, International Capital Partners (ICP) @AgustinBarriosG
  • Luis de la Calle, Managing Director and Founding Partner, De la Calle, Madrazo, Mancera (CMM); Vice President, COMEXI @eledece
  • Luis Rubio, Chairman, COMEXI @lrubiof
  • Alan J. Stoga, Founder and President, Zemi Communications (Moderator)

>> Read a viewpoint by Luis Rubio on the risks of ending NAFTA.

Registration: This event is complementary for all registrants. Prior registration is required.

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Agustín Barrios Gómez

General Partner, International Capital Partners (ICP)

Agustín Barrios Gómez is general partner of the international real estate investment firm, International Capital Partners (ICP) and a founding member of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI). From 2012 to 2015, Barrios Gómez served as a federal deputy in the Mexican Congress. He is president of the Mexico Image Foundation, dedicated to creating and promoting a narrative for Mexico, and the U.S.-Mexico relationship that can serve as the cornerstone for prosperity in North America.

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Luis de la Calle

Managing Director and Founding Partner, De la Calle, Madrazo, Mancera (CMM); Vice President, Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI)

Luis de la Calle is the managing director and founding partner at De la Calle, Madrazo, Mancera, S.C. (CMM), specializing on issues related to the economy, regulatory processes, and international trade. Prior to joining the private sector, he served as undersecretary for international trade negotiations in Mexico’s Economy Secretariat. In this capacity, he negotiated several of Mexico’s bilateral free-trade agreements and regional and multilateral agreements with the World Trade Organization.

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Luis Rubio

Chairman, Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI)

Luis Rubio was elected president of COMEXI (Mexican Council on Foreign Relations) on November 8, 2016. COMEXI is a civil association nonprofit dedicated to promoting the study, analysis and dialogue on international relations of Mexico, and focused in the analysis of Mexico's role in the world and the growing influence of international events on the national agenda. He is also president of the Center of Research for Development (CIDAC), an independent research institution devoted to the study of economic and political issues, based in Mexico.

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Alan Stoga

Founder and President, Zemi Communications

Alan Stoga is the founder and president at Zemi Communications. He counsels top management on strategy and leadership positioning, and advises on macro-risk assessments. He is also a senior adviser at Kissinger Associates, the international consulting firm chaired by Henry Kissinger. Stoga serves on the boards of several nonprofits that are engaged with business and social issues in the Americas and globally. He is the vice chairman of the Americas Society, executive chairman of Sweden’s Tällberg Foundation, and non-executive chairman of the Tinker Foundation.

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