The Future of U.S.-Mexico Relations (at the Republican National Convention)

August 28, 2012 // 9:30am11:00am

**Please note, this event will be held in Tampa, FL at the Republican National Convention. This event will still take place at the scheduled time from 9:30am-11am.**


The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands and The Woodrow Wilson Center cordially invite you to join co-hosts Mel Martinez, former United States Senator from Florida and House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-CA) for a discussion on policy options for the Future of U.S.-Mexico Relations.

The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands and the Wilson Center seized the opportunity provided by simultaneous election years in the United States and Mexico to convene a high-level retreat of preeminent political, business, academic, and media leaders from the two countries in March 2012. From this retreat emerged a fresh set of ideas to take the bilateral partnership to a new level that are put forth in the report, A Stronger Future: Policy Recommendations for U.S.-Mexico Relations.  The report includes ideas to enhance regional competitiveness; reform the U.S. immigration system; more effectively fight organized crime and strengthen public security; further educational exchanges; increase energy cooperation; and develop ports of entry that strengthen trade and border security.

Welcoming Remarks:
Geoffrey Cowan
President, The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands
Mel Martinez
Chairman, Florida, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean for JPMorgan Chase & Co., Chariman, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Former U.S. Senator
Chairman David Dreier (R-CA)
House Rules Committee Chairman
Amb. Arturo Sarukhan

Ambassador of Mexico to the United States

Barry Jackson

Senior Counselor to Speaker of the House John Boehner

Andrew Selee
Vice President for Programs and Director of the Mexico Institute, Wilson Center


Location: Center for Advanced Medical Learning & Simulation (CAMLS)
124 S. Franklin Street
Tampa, FL 33602


Event Speakers List: 
  • Andrew Selee // Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute
  • President, The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands
  • Chairman, Florida, Mexico, Central American and the Caribbean for JPMorgan Chase & Co., Chairman, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, former United States Senator from Florida,and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • House Rules Committee Chairman, United States Representative for California's 26th congressional district
  • Arturo Sarukhan // Distinguished Diplomat in Residence/Mexico Institute, Advisory Board Member
    Former Mexican Ambassador to the United States
  • Senior Counselor to Speaker of the House John Boehner
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