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Politics & Public Policy

Happy Dog Takes on the World: On Building Walls and Bridges - the Future of U.S.-Mexico Relations

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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"Mexico is a free market country with democratic values. We want to buy more and need more from you." – Juan Manuel Solana Morales

Since the end of the 19th century, the United States (U.S.) and Mexico have enjoyed a strong relationship characterized by close diplomatic and economic ties along their nearly 2,000 mile shared border. Mexico and the U.S. are key partners when it comes to trade as well as immigration. The U.S. is Mexico’s top trade partner with more than $531 billion exchanged between the two countries in 2015. In addition to goods, more than one million United States citizens currently live in Mexico while Mexico remains the single largest country of origin for immigrants to the U.S.

Long before Republican Presidential Nominee Donald J. Trump’s comments and promise to build a border wall brought Mexico to the forefront our national politics, issues such a undocumented immigration, illegal trade in drugs and guns, and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have marred this bilateral relationship. How will future relations be defined?

Join us, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, International Partners in Mission, and the Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies (NOCMES) for a free conversation on the future stability of U.S.-Mexico relations.

Panelists include:

Daniel Chand, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science, Kent State University

Juan Manuel Solana Morales, the Consul of Mexico in Detroit

This conversation will be moderated by WCPN host/producer Tony Ganzer.

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