Baker Institute expert available to comment on Kerry’s upcoming Mexico visit Payan: US-Mexico relationship more focused on the North American economic agenda
HOUSTON – (May 14, 2014) – Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to be in Mexico City May 21-22 for talks on trade, education and security. Under new Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s administration, the U.S.-Mexico relationship has become more focused on the North American economic agenda, according to Tony Payan, a fellow for Mexico studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center.
The Baker Institute is hosting Kerry’s Mexican counterpart, Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Antonio Meade Kuribrena, for a special discussion today. Payan is available to comment on Kerry’s and Kuribrena’s respective visits.
“The Pena administration in Mexico learned some important lessons on managing the U.S.-Mexico relationship from the previous Calderon administration,” Payan said. “This relationship is considerably less focused on security and more focused on the North American economic agenda.
“Kerry’s visit to Mexico is likely to serve as an in-depth conversation on the finer details of the new relationship, the depth and extent of cooperation, the Mexican economic agenda and Mexico’s insertion on the larger U.S. trade conversations in Europe and the Pacific, in addition to the usual topics related to security, immigration and the border,” Payan said. “Pena has managed to send the message that the agenda cannot be focused exclusively on security issues and the binational dialogue must be expanded to include a broader and more general range of topics. This visit, in other words, is likely to work out some of the finer details of this new relationship.”
In addition to being a Baker Institute fellow, Payan is an associate professor of political science at the University of Texas at El Paso and serves on the graduate faculty of the Universidad Autónoma de Juárez in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. His area of study is international relations, with an emphasis on U.S. and Mexican foreign policy and U.S.-Mexico relations. He is the author of “The Three U.S.-Mexico Border Wars: Drugs, Immigration and Homeland Security” and other books.
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