The magazine celebrated its new issue on U.S.-Mexico relations with a panel on the future of bilateral ties and by covering the communities living in the border region. ... Play Video
Diego Gómez Pickering, Consul General of Mexico in New York City
Alfredo Corchado, Award-winning journalist, author, and Mexico bureau chief of The Dallas Morning News
Álvaro Enrigue, Novelist and author of Sudden Death
Pati Jinich, Award-winning chef, TV personality, cookbook author, and food writer
Shannon K. O’Neil, Senior fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
Rebeca Vargas, President and CEO, U.S.-Mexico Foundation
Duncan Wood, Director, the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute
Brian Winter, Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly; Vice President of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (Moderator)
After DREAMers and writer Álvaro Enrigue presented their fiction work to the audience, a panel with three of the border ambassadors from the new Americas Quarterly and two experts discussed the future of the Mexico-U.S. relationship in politics and daily life at the magazine's New York launch event. CFR's Shannon O'Neil talked about NAFTA renegotiations as a moment for both countries to rebuild trust and move on from recent difficulties. The Dallas Morning News' Alfredo Corchado highlighted the importance of Mexicans and Americans living at the border engaging in politics and elections. Panelists agreed on the intertwined nature of Mexican and American lives and how the Mexican community in the United States can reinforce the idea of the countries being allies.
"The solution to Venezuela is one election away," said the Florida senator. ... Play Video
Security, econonomic prosperity, and defense of U.S. values. Those are the three pillars Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) said should shape U.S. strategy toward the hemisphere. "I think there has been a lack of focus on the hemisphere," he said, "and in the end, our future, both economic and security, is deeply tied to our region."
During his remarks at the 47th Annual Washington Conference of the Americas he also addressed the Venezuelan crisis, noting that "the solution to Venezuela is one election away" and that President Nicolás Maduro should follow the constitution of his own government. He added that the United States should support the Organization of American States in enforcing its Democratic Charter.
According to Rubio, the new U.S. administration should take advantage of this opportunity to enforce ties with the hemisphere and spread democratic values, and if necessary, diplomatically isolate those countries that repress its people, such as Cuba, he said.