Initial Retreat held March 29-April 1, 2012
In 2012, Mexico and the United States each hold presidential elections, a phenomenon that occurs once every 12 years. Taking advantage of this natural opportunity for progress in the U.S. - Mexico relationship, Sunnylands and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars convened an extraordinary group of 22 top opinion and business leaders and policymakers from both countries to craft an agenda for bilateral relations that is at once visionary and pragmatic. After three days of meetings on such topics as security, economic integration, and migration, with additional sessions on cultural exchange and the global political landscape, staff from the two organizations continue to work to transform the ideas generated at the event into a concrete strategic plan able to garner broad support across party lines.
On July 11, 2012, Sunnylands and the Wilson Center released a written and video report of the recommendations that came from the retreat. Further meetings to advance the ideas generated and to help push the U.S. - Mexico relationship to the front burner for elected officials, policymakers, and the business community, among others are being planned.
On August 28, 2012 at the Republican National Convention and then on September 4, 2012 at the Democratic National Convention, Sunnylands and the Wilson Center will host conversations to inform delegates, elected officials, and others attending the conventions of the report and its recommendations.