Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


Sharon Coleman Jones, (202) 691-4016,

Ana Luisa Fajer, 011 (52) (55) 5279 6088
Mexican Council on Foreign Relations

WASHINGTON—The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations held a press conference today announcing their strategic alliance to launch a Joint Scholars' Program. The institutions will bring preeminent scholars to Washington to conduct research projects on U.S.-Mexico relations at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

The program aims to promote bilateral relations by inspiring interest in the United States in Mexican affairs and giving Mexican scholars and policymakers access to the Washington policymaking community. The program seeks to generate an ongoing debate about the bilateral relationship and about issues that affect Mexico, with special emphasis on democracy, development, citizen security, migration, border issues, and trade.

Lee H. Hamilton, director of the Woodrow Wilson Center, and His Excellency Andrés Rozental, president of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations, attended today's press conference. Both expressed their enthusiasm for the potential contributions this program could make to a better and more effective bilateral relationship.

"This program marks the beginning of a close working relationship between the Wilson Center and the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations in order to contribute to a better flow of ideas and information between the United States and Mexico," said Hamilton.

In its first stage, the program will invite Mexicans from the public and private sector, academia, the press, and nongovernmental organizations to be resident scholars at the Wilson Center to conduct their research projects. A selection committee comprising representatives from both institutions and external members, chaired by Rozental and Michael Van Dusen, deputy director of the Wilson Center, will recommend candidates for selection to the director of the Wilson Center who will make the final selection of scholars.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open, and informed dialogue. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds and engaged in the study of national and world affairs.

The Mexican Council on Foreign Relations is Mexico's premiere organization that promotes open, plural reflection and analysis of international trends and Mexico's role in the world. Founded in January 2002, the Council has 150 Associates, representing different sectors of society, who contribute to the permanent discussion and generation of ideas about political, economic, social, and cultural issues around the world.