Mexican Exodus:  Emigrants, Exiles, and Refugees of the Cristero War

Time: 4:00 p.m.
Date: Monday, March 13, 2017
Location: 1300 Pennsylvania NW, Washington, DC

Organizations: Wilson Center


  • Christian F. Ostermann, Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Profileration International History Project
  • Eric Arnesen, Fellow Professor of History, The George Washington University


The Future of North American Free Trade Agreement

Time:  9:00 a.m.

Date:  Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Location:  529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

Organization:  The Farm Foundation


  • Bob Stallman, Former president of the American Farm Bureau Federation
  • Melissa San Miguel, Senior Director of Global Strategies for the Grocery Manufacturers Association
  • Linda Dempsey, Vice President of International Economic Affairs at the National Association of Manufacturers


Immigration, Refugees, and American Foreign Policy

Time: 10:00 a.m.
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Organizations: Wilson Center


  • Joseph Cassidy, Fellow Former Director for Policy, Regional, and Functional Organizations, International Organizations Bureau, U.S. Department of State
  • James Jay Carafano, Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute of National Security and Foreign Policy, Heritage Foundation, and former Advisor the President Trump’s transition team
  • Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow and Director, US Immigration Policy Program, Migration Policy Institute

Venezuela’s Tragic Meltdown

Time: 2:00 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Location: 2172 Rayburn House Building, Washington, DC

Organizations: House of Foreign Affairs Committee – Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere


  • Hector Schamis, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
  • Francisco Marquez, Human Rights Activist

The Future of the US-Mexico Energy Relationship

Time: 12:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017
Location: 1030 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Organizations: Atlantic Council


  • Lourdes Melgar, fellow at the MIT Center
  • Robert E. Wilhelm, Fellow MIT Center for International Studies, Former Deputy Secretary of Energy for Hydrocarbons

The State of Skills Development in Latin America

Time: 9:00 a.m.
Date: Monday, March 20, 2017
Location: 1155 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Organizations: Inter-American Dialogue


  • Maria Lucila Berniell, Principal Economist, CAF-Development Bank of Latin America 
  • Omar Arias, Practice Lead Economist of the Social Protection and Labor Global Practice, World Bank

U.S. – Mexico Relations and the Trump Administration

Time: 9:00 a.m.
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Location: 1300 Pennsylvania NW, Washington, DC

Organizations: Wilson Center


  • Earl Anthony Wayne, Career Ambassador & Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico
  • James R. Jones, Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico; Chairman and CEO, Manatt Jones Global Strategies, LLC
  • Jeffrey Davidow, Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico; Senior Counselor, Cohen Group
  • Carla A. Hills, Former U.S. Trade Representative; Chair and CEO, Hills & Company, International Consultants
  • Arturo Sarukhan, Career Ambassador & Former Mexican Ambassador to the United States
  • Duncan Wood, Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
  • Christopher Wilson, Deputy Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
  • Andrew Selee, Executive Vice President & Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
  • Eric L. Olson, Senior Advisor for Security Policy, Mexico Institute and Associate Director, Latin American Program, Wilson Center

More Skills for Work and Life in Latin American

Time: 10:00 a.m.
Date: Friday, March 24, 2017
Location: 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Organizations: Brookings Institute


  • Maria Lucila Berniell, Lead Economist – Development Bank of Latin America (CAF)
  • Julian Cristia, Lead Economist – Inter-American Development Bank

The Mysterious Resilience of the Maduro Regime

Time: 11:30 a.m.
Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Location: 1201 Pennsylvania NW, Washington, DC

Organizations: Hudson Institute


  • Javier Corrales, Speaker, Professor, Amherst College, and author of Dragon in the Tropic:  The Legacy of Hugo Chavez
  • Gustavo Coronel , Commentator, Founding Member, Board of Petroleos de Venezuela and former member of the Venezuelan Congress
  •  Otto Reich, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela