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In the 5th chapter of our series, “Charting a New Course,” former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and current Mexico Institute Global Fellow, Tony Wayne describes a vision for a level of cooperation that could result in a greatly enhanced “North American foreign policy footprint.”   That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW


Earl Anthony Wayne, or “Tony”, as he is known, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2010 as a Career Ambassador.  He has held a variety of diplomatic and policy positions In Washington and U.S. embassies. From 2011 through July 2015, Wayne served as the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.  During his tenure, Mission Mexico helped establish the US-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue, the Mexico-US Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council, and new energy and environmental dialogues, while in trade, investment, and tourism grew.  Through the Merida Initiative and bilateral coordination efforts, law enforcement, security, defense, border and consular cooperation improved; and military-to-military cooperation reached new levels.  Wayne received Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle and the State Department’s Cobb Award for Initiative and Success in Trade Development. From 2009 to 2011, Wayne served in Kabul, Afghanistan, as Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs and then as Deputy U.S. Ambassador.  Wayne received a Presidential Meritorious Service Award, a Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service, and the State Department’s Cordell Hull Award for Economic Achievement. From 2006 to 2009, Wayne served as the U.S. Ambassador to Argentina, where he promoted U.S. commercial interests, improved the U.S. image in the face of strong anti-Americanism, and strengthened cooperation against terrorism and human and drug trafficking. He received the Paul Wellstone Anti-Slavery Ambassador of the Year Award. Ambassador Wayne is currently a Global Fellow with the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute.

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor ofWilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.

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The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by Luis Téllez and Earl Anthony Wayne, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute.   Read more