TAMIU IBC Lecture Focuses on Opportunities and Challenges for Mexico April 15

‘Opportunities & Challenges for México’ at TAMIU’s
IBC Keynote Speaker Series Wednesday, April 15

The Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) International Bank of Commerce-sponsored Western Hemispheric Trade 2014-2015 Keynote Speaker Series presents “Opportunities and Challenges for México” Wednesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom, second floor.

Dr. Diana Villiers Negroponte

Dr. Diana Villiers Negroponte

Dr. Diana Villiers Negroponte, public policy scholar from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., is the presenter and will be available for a book signing following the event.

The lecture is free of charge and open to the public.

Dr. Villiers Negroponte will examine the high expectations for modernization of the Mexican economy under President Enrique Peña Nieto and the 11 structural reforms that he succeeded in passing through Congress.

She will discuss questions such as how implementation of the principal reforms, energy and telecommunications progressed. She will also explore the question of how Peña Nieto’s administration has met serious security and political challenges following the reforms’ passages.

Educated at the London School of Economics & Political Science, Institute Catholique in Paris and the Ibero Americana in Mexico City, she received a Juris Doctor from American University and Ph.D. from Georgetown University. She has taught at Georgetown University and Fordham University in New York City.

She was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution for eight years. As a lawyer and international trade expert, she writes and lectures on rule of law, Institution-building and energy in Latin America with particular focus on México and Central America.

Recent articles have also looked at Venezuela and Brazil. She wrote “Central America Confronts Violence and Public Insecurity” Brookings Working Paper (2010), “The Struggle to Make Peace in El Salvador: Conflict Resolution at the End of the Cold War” (2012), and  edited “The End of Nostalgia: México Confronts the Challenges of Global Competition” (2013). Her multiple articles are found on the Brookings website, Newsweek, Financial Times and the Freedom House blog. Negroponte is also committed to economic development, having served with VSO (The British Peace Corps) in Uganda and with International Voluntary Service in the former Yugoslavia.

The Western Hemispheric Trade Keynote Speaker Series presents practical and targeted lectures imparted by distinguished leaders, recognized experts and outstanding scholars in the trade and business arenas.

The Series brings to the University individuals of exceptional accomplishment and expertise to enhance the academic experience of TAMIU students, faculty and the community.

For additional information on the Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) International Bank of Commerce 2014-2015 Keynote Speaker Series, please call 326.2820 email cswht@tamiu.edu  or visit http://freetrade.tamiu.edu/

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