November 19th, 2015 · The New School · New York

Observatory on Latin America (OLA), The New School,
Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF) the Latin American Development Bank
Invite you to:

Public Sector, Civil Society, and Academia Series 


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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



Welcoming Remarks, Introducing the CAF-OLA Country Seminars:
10:00 – 10:30 am

Michelle De Pass, Executive Dean, New School for Public Engagement
Christian Asinelli, Director of Institutional Development, CAF
Michael Cohen, Director Observatory on Latin American, The New School 

Panel 1: Mexico’s Global Agenda
10:30am – 11:30am

Jorge Montaño, Mexican Ambassador to the United Nations (pending confirmation)
Sandra Fuentes-Berain Villenave, Mexican General Consul in New York and Ambassador Emeritus


Cofee Break

11:30am – 11:40am

Panel 2: Drugs, Violence, and Justice
11:40 am – 1:00pm

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


Lunch Break
1:00pm – 1:30pm

Panel 3: Migration Flows To, From, and Within
1:30pm – 2:50pm

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


Coffee Break
2:50pm – 3:00pm

Panel 4: Inclusive Urban Development Policy
3:00 pm – 4:20pm

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, 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


Reactions, Conclusions, andClosing Remarks
4:20pm – 5:30pm

Christian Asinelli 
Michael Cohen

Cross-panel interaction from panelists

General Q&A


Thursday, November 19th, 2015 · 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
University Center / The New School
65, 5th Avenue, Room L105
New York, NY
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The event is, free and open to the public; simultaneous translation will be available
Seating is limited, reservations are required
RSVP by November 17th to


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This program is supported by the JULIEN J. STUDLEY FOUNDATION


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