Capitol Building, Room HC-9

A policy forum to launch new report, The United States and Mexico: Forging a Strategic Partnership, calling for the redefinition of the relationship between Mexico and the United States as a "strategic partnership" with benefits for the competitiveness and security of both countries. The report outlines a series of practical strategies that the two governments could use to address border security, trade, migration, infrastructure development, energy, and education.

The forum will be opened by Congressmen Silvestre Reyes. Speakers will include Ambassador Andrés Rozental, President, Mexican Council on Foreign Relations; Dr. Peter H. Smith, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego; Mr. Gerónimo Gutiérrez, Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico; Ambassador Carlos Alberto de Icaza, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States; Ms. Betsy Whitaker, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Mexico, Canada, and Public Affairs; and Mr. Steve Johnson, Senior Policy Analyst, Heritage Foundation. Mr. Andrew Selee, Director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center, will moderate this event.