The State of Democracy in Mexico, and Its Implication for the U.S. – Mexico Relationship

Sponsored by the Annette Strauss Internationalizing Dallas Lecture Series

Friday, October 10, 2014 (4:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
Jones Great Hall, Meadows Museum, SMU Campus (map)

Roderic Ai Camp, Phillip McKenna Professor, Claremont McKenna College


Professor Camp is presently the Philip McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim at Claremont Mckenna College. He serves as a founding member of the Advisory Board, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Smithsonian Institution and is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York City. Camp is a member of the Editorial Board of Mexican Studies and is a frequent consultant to national and international media, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and BBC. He is the author of numerous articles and thirty books on Mexico, seven of which have been designated by Choice as outstanding academic books. His most recent publications include: Politics in Mexico, Democratic Consolidation or Decline? (Oxford University Press, 2013); Oxford Handbook of Mexican Politics (Oxford University Press, 2012); Mexico, What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2011; Mexican Political Biographies, 1935-2009 (University of Texas Press, 2011) The Metamorphosis of Leadership in a Democratic Mexico (Oxford University Press, 2010) Politics in Mexico, the Democratic Consolidation (Oxford University Press, 2007); Mexico’s Military on the Democratic Stage (Center for Strategic and International Studies Press, 2005) Politics in Mexico, the Democratic Transformation (Oxford University Press, 2003), Mexico’s Mandarins, Crafting a Power Elite for the 21st Century (University of California Press, 2002), Citizen Views of Democracy in Latin America (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2001. He is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from St Olaf College for his scholarship and teaching on Mexico.

Pamela Starr, Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Southern California

starrDr. Pamela K. Starr is the director of the U.S.-Mexico Network, a university fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, and an associate professor of teaching in the School of International Relations and in Public Diplomacy. She joined USC from the Eurasia Group, one of the world’s leading global political risk advisory and consulting firms, where she was senior analyst responsible for Mexico. Prior to that, she spent eight years in Mexico as a professor of Latin American political economy at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), a private university in Mexico City. Dr. Starr is an active speaker, commentator, and author on Mexican politics, economics and foreign policy, and on economic reform and policy making in Latin America. She is the author of a 2009 Pacific Council on International Policy report, “Mexico and the United States: A Window of Opportunity?”, the Council on Foreign Relation’s special report on the 2006 Mexican election, “Challenges for a Postelection Mexico: Issues for US Policy”, and is currently writing a book on Mexico entitled ” A Quarter Century of Policy Reform in Mexico: Unexpected Drivers and Unintended Consequences. Starr has also worked as a consultant to investment banks and securities firms, has briefed officials on both American and Mexican officials on the bilateral relationship, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, US Ambassador Carlos Pascual, Mexican Senator Carlos Navarrete, and gatherings of staffers from the Foreign Relations Committees of the US and Mexican Senates. Dr. Starr’s research and writing focuses on three main topics: U.S.-Mexico relations, the politics, economy and foreign policy of contemporary Mexico, and the politics of economic policy-making across Latin America. In a series of books and book chapters, peer-review journal articles and policy-oriented publications, Dr. Starr has also illuminated the interplay between political and economic developments in shaping economic policy in Mexico and Latin America.

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