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The Future of Mexico-U.S. Relations


March 1, 2012 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Room 95
Ambassador Lajous will speak on the future of Mexico and US relations and how to make the most of living next to each other. With the war on drugs and immigration issues the relationship between Mexico and the US has been strained. Ambassador Lajous will speak of her perspective on these issues and how our relationship can be improved. Ambassador Roberta Lajous is a visiting professor at Colegio de Mexico and former Mexican Ambassador to Austria, Cuba, and Bolivia. Ambassador Lajous joined the Mexican Foreign Service in 1979. In the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs she has occupied the following positions: Deputy Director for Regional International Organizations (1979-1980) and for Multilateral Economic Relations (1980-1983). Director General for North America (1983-1986) and for Europe (1986-1988). In 2001, she was appointed Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in New York. She has been published widely in International Affairs and was Chief Editor of the quarterly “Revista Mexicana de Política Exterior” (1999-2001). She is also the author of a book on the Foreign Policy of Porfirio Diaz published by the Mexican Senate. Ambassador Lajous was a member of the Advisory Committee to the Secretary General of the U.N., Boutros Ghali, to prepare the International Women Conference (1995) and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Fundación de Apoyo Infantil (Save the Children) Mexico. She graduated from El Colegio de México in 1975 and received her M.A. from Stanford University in 1976.