The Center for U.S. and Mexican Law held its second Mexico Briefing on November 19, 2012, at the Houston offices of the international law firm of Haynes & Boone, LLP, on occasion of the concurring presidential elections in Mexico and the U.S.—a coincidence that occurs once every 12 years—and the implications for the bilateral relationship between the neighboring countries. Professor Robert Pastor, Founding Director of the Center for North American Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. emphasized the relevance of U.S.–Mexico relations and expressed hope that the bilateral agenda between both countries will strengthen with the second term of President Barak Obama and the term of newly elected Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto.
The conference "US – Mexico Relations After the Elections: New Administrations, New Policies?" by Professor Pastor reminded the audience the path that lead to the completion of the North American Free Trade Agreement—NAFTA—between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the dramatic increase in trade between the U.S. and Mexico, and stressed why the Southern neighbor should play a preeminent role in the U.S. agenda, both for economical and national security reasons.
Mexico Briefings is a series of events presented by the Center to promote the exchange of ideas between lawyers and other professionals in the United States and Mexico, and provide an opportunity for the Center's Advisory Board members, Sponsors, and friends to engage in a dialogue with noted authorities.