Mexico Dialogues brings public officials with leading roles in shaping the social development of their country, together with highly committed scholars and civil society activists who will discuss the most relevant issues related to Mexico’s current agenda. The event will have four panels: Mexico’s International Agenda; Drugs, Violence, and Justice; Migration Flows to, from, and within; and Inclusive Urban Development Policy.
OLA is pleased to further an ongoing partnership with CAF (Corporación Andina de Fomento). CAF is the only development bank owned by Latin American countries, and its share in the development multilateral finance has been growing at a remarkable pace over its last 40 years.
This event also counts with co-sponsorship from the Janey Latin American Program and Zolberg Institute of Mobility and Migration, from The New School for Social Research.
10:00 am – 10:30 am
Welcoming remarks, introducing the CAF-OLA Country Seminars
  • Michelle De Pass, Executive Dean, The New School for Public Engagement
  • Christian Asinelli, Director of Institutional Development, CAF
  • Michael Cohen, Director Observatory on Latin America, The New School
10:30 am – 11:30 pm
Panel 1: Mexico’s Global Agenda
  • Jorge Montaño, Mexican Ambassador to the United Nations (pending confirmation)
  • Sandra Fuentes-Berain Villenave, Mexican General Consul in New York and Ambassador Emeritus
11:30am – 11:40am
Coffee Break
11:40 am – 1:00 pm
Panel 2: Drugs, Violence, and Justice
  • Alejandro Poire, Dean of the Policy School at Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Former Secretary of Interior (2011-2012)
  • Froylán Enciso, Researcher and journalist, Doctoral student at Stony Brook University
  • Luis Astorga, UNAM Researcher, PhD in Sociology of Development, expert in social history of Mexican drug traffic
Presenter and Chair:
  • Luis Herrán, History PhD Candidate The New School


1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch Break

1:30 pm – 2:50 pm

Panel 3: Migration Flows To, From, and Within

  • Georgina Vazquez, Graduate student in International Affairs, The New School
  • Omar de La Torre Mora, Chief of the Migratory Policy Unit, Federal Government Secretariat
  • Aldo Ledon, Voces Mesoamericanas, Acción con Pueblos Migrantes
  • Maria Eugenia Anguiano, Colegio de la Frontera Norte, PhD in Sociology
  • Alexandra Delano, Co-Director Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, The New School


2:50 pm – 3:00 pm
Coffee Break
3:00 pm – 4:20 pm
Panel 4: Inclusive Urban Development Policy
  • David Lopez, PhD Student, Public and Urban Policy, The New School
  • Alejandro Nieto, Former Undersecretary of Urban Development and Housing at Ministry of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (SEDATU)
  • Alfonso Iracheta Cenecorta, Professor of Urban Affairs and Regional Planning at Colegio Mexiquense
  • Arturo Ortiz, Taller Territorial de México
  • Margarita Gutman, Program Director Observatory on Latin America, The New School


4:20 pm – 5:30 pm
Reactions, Conclusions, and Closing Remarks


  • Michael Cohen
  • Christian Asinelli

Cross-panel interaction from panelists

General Q&A

Thursday, November 19th, 2015
University Center / The New School
65, 5th Avenue, Room L105,
The New School, NY
The event is, free and open to the public; simultaneous translation will be available.
Seating is limited, reservations are required
RSVP by November 17th at
For more information, visit the  OLA website
This Program is supported by the JULIEN J. STUDLEY FOUNDATION


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