2024 - Interviews, Speeches, Talks, Podcasts, Panels, and similar items

Interview: How an election reveals Mexico’s liberal politics

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, Mexican presidential candidate Claudia Sheinbaum periodically shows up to events wearing a rosary with a crucifix around her neck. She once sported a skirt featuring the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. She’s also bragged about meeting with Pope Francis.

But Sheinbaum, 61, isn’t Roman Catholic and doesn’t support traditional values. She has offered Mexico City as a refuge for foreigners wanting an abortion. And she championed pro-LGBTQ policies while serving as Mexico City

Talk: Managing US-Mexico Relations in a Dual Election Year, May 15, 2024

Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne, former US Ambassador to Argentina, Afghanistan, and most recently Mexico, has a long and storied career in the US Foreign Service. He was originally appointed by presidents Bush and Obama.

Following his retirement, he received the State Department’s highest designation - “Career Ambassador.” Ambassador Wayne is currently Distinguished Diplomat-in-Residence at American University’s School of International Service and teaches courses in US foreign policy and diplomacy. He is also affiliated with The Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars and The Atlantic Council and The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and is also chair of The Mexico Advisory Board for the Wilson Center.
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Presented May 15, 2024.
Questions and Answers start at 48:41.
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Interview: Al-Sharq TV on AI, Disinformation and other interference in US election process

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Diplomacy Lab Presentation: How to Measure Effective Border Security: A Focus on Metrics and Recommendations for Addressing Illicit Arms and Technology Transfers

This presentation was provided to by a team of six American University seniors to describe their work and conclusions as part of a project undertaken under the Department of State's Diplomacy Lab program during the spring semester of 2024. The student team represented the School of International Service and was mentored by Professor Earl Anthony Wayne. The final written report is posted separately.

Diplomacy Lab Presentation: Lost in the Crossfire: Identifying Data on U.S. Firearms and Crime in the Western Hemisphere

This is the powerpoint presentation for a Diplomacy Lab report on the illicit and licit flows of arms from the US to select Latin American countries prepared for the Department of State in the Spring semester, 2024 by American University students under the mentorship of Professor Earl Anthony Wayne. It examines the flows of licii and illicit arms to selected Western Hemisphere countries and the challenges in understanding the magnitude and impact of those flows.

Public Statement:The Wilson Center Expresses Concerns About Attacks in Mexico

The Wilson Center is a unique institution in American foreign policy: Congressionally chartered, scholarship driven, fiercely independent, and nonpartisan. Its special status brings with it certain obligations: to prioritize the most important issues that matter most to America and the values we hold dear.

The Wilson Center is committed to promoting public discussion, debate, scholarly research, impartial analysis, and proposing policy options that can strengthen democracies around the world. The Wilson Center is deeply concerned about the continuous attacks occurring in Mexico against journalists, activists, civil society organizations, human rights defenders, and private citizens that dissent from or criticize the (political, governance, or economic) environment in the country.

Assessing Mexico's Democracy: excerpts

OVERVIEW
Mexico has been an electoral democracy for nearly 25 years, and has experienced healthy changes in party control over the years. Why then, do multiple indices measuring democratic freedom and human rights place Mexico solidly in the mid-range? Some point to high rates of poverty and economic inequality, while others explore how rule of law in the country remains weak due to a host of factors, from the power of organized crime groups, to corruption, and rampant political violence.

To share their reports on Mexico's democracy and objectively analyze how and why it has declined in comparison to other countries, the Mexico Institute hosted a webinar with scholars and experts from leading organizations that collect data on democracy around the world on Tuesday May 7th.

Read more about these reports and institutions here:

SPEAKERS

Alejandro Ponce
Chief Research Officer, World Justice Project

Michael Coppedge
Professor, Political Science, University of Notre Dame
Head of Programme - Mexico and Central America

Miguel Angel Lara Otaola
Member of the International Advisory Board of the Electoral Integrity Project

Caitlin Watson
Program Manager, Freedom House

Ilán Bizberg
Former Public Policy Scholar;
Professor, El Colegio de Mexico

INTRODUCTION

Lila Abed
Acting Director, Mexico Institute

MODERATOR
Earl Anthony Wayne
Public Policy Fellow;
Former Career Ambassador to Afghanistan, Argentina, and Mexico; Distinguished Diplomat in Residence, School of International Service, American University

Assessing Mexico's Democracy

Mexico has been an electoral democracy for nearly 25 years, and has experienced healthy changes in party control over the years. Why then, do multiple indices measuring democratic freedom and human rights place Mexico solidly in the mid-range? Some point to high rates of poverty and economic inequality, while others explore how rule of law in the country remains weak due to a host of factors, from the power of organized crime groups, to corruption, and rampant political violence.

To share their reports on Mexico's democracy and objectively analyze how and why it has declined in comparison to other countries, the Mexico Institute hosted a webinar with scholars and experts from leading organizations that collect data on democracy around the world.

The event was held on Tuesday May 7th from 10:30 am to 11:45am EST.

Read more about these reports and institutions here:

SPEAKERS

Alejandro Ponce
Chief Research Officer, World Justice Project
michael coppedge

Michael Coppedge
Professor, Political Science, University of Notre Dame; Research contributor to VDEM
Head of Programme - Mexico and Central America

Miguel Angel Lara Otaola
Member of the International Advisory Board of the Electoral Integrity Project and contributor to the IDEA report on democracy

Caitlin Watson
Program Manager, Freedom House

Ilán Bizberg
Former Public Policy Scholar;
Professor, El Colegio de Mexico
Conributor to the Bertelsmann Transformation Index

INTRODUCTION

Lila Abed
Acting Director, Mexico Institute

MODERATOR

Earl Anthony Wayne
Public Policy Fellow;
Former Career Ambassador serving in Afghanistan, Argentina, and Mexico
Distinguished Diplomat in Residence, School of International Service, American University

Trade in the Political CrossHairs: Conference Session on Trade in the Americas

On April 10, I moderated a panel discussion on trade in the Western Hemisphere at American University's School of International Service. The panel included Costa Rica's Ambassador Catalina Crespo-Sancho; Argentina's Charge d'affaires Adrian Nador and former Mexican ambassador Geronimo Gutierrez. This was part of a day long conference titled Trade in the Political Crosshairs looking at a range of trade issues with implications for the Western Hemisphere and Asia.

Panel on Mexican Public Security 1982-2023 : Siete Presidentes y el Crimen Organizado (1982-2023) by Sergio Aguayo

Mexico is home to some of the hemisphere’s largest, most sophisticated and violent organized criminal groups. These organizations have drawn from Mexico’s history of smuggling and close proximity to the United States, the world’s largest economy, to grow into a regional threat.

Sergio Aguayo is the head of a research project done by El Colegio de México and the Mexican Senate to compare the approaches to combating organized crime of seven Mexican presidents and presents key lessons for improving results from Mexican policies and actions going forward. Kate Doyle and Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne offer comments.
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