Panel Discussion at DNC to Mirror Recent RNC Event

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands and the Woodrow Wilson Center will hold a breakfast discussion on the Future of U.S.-Mexico Relations at the Democratic National Convention (DNC). The event, cohosted by DNC Chairman Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles and former Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson, will take place on September 4, 2012, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the Mimosa Grill, 327 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC, near the convention center. A similar event, with different cohosts, was held during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL.

Seizing the opportunity presented by this year’s simultaneous Presidential elections in Mexico and the United States, the Wilson Center and The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands convened in March a bipartisan and binational group of experts who spent three days crafting a new agenda for the bilateral relationship. They met at Sunnylands and developed a fresh set of ideas to take the bilateral partnership to a new level. Those ideas are set forth in the report, A Stronger Future: Policy Recommendations for U.S.-Mexico Relations, and in a video that punctuates the report’s findings.

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.

The cohosts will be joined on the panel by the Ambassador of Mexico to the United States Arturo Sarukhan who with the two cohosts attended the Sunnylands retreat. Eric Olson, associate director of the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center will moderate. Geoffrey Cowan, president of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands will offer a welcome.

Read a report on the breakfast.