The lecture by Jesús Velasco will discuss in what ways the US-Mexico relations have been affected by Donald Trump’s positions on trade relations, NAFTA, and immigration. Velasco will explain and comment on Mexico’s reactions to the Trump administration’s policies, particularly by the newly elected president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Jesús Velasco is the Joe and Teresa Long Endowed Chair in Social Sciences at Tarleton State University and non-Resident Fellow of the Mexican Center at Rice University. He is a former visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, and the Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies also at Harvard. Velasco is the author of four books: with Rodolfo de la Garza. Bridging the Border: Transforming Mexico-US Relation, Boulder, Rowman and Littlefield, 1997; Neoconservatives in US Foreign Policy Under Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush: Voices Behind the Throne. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press and The Wilson Center, 2010; Foreign Views of the United States and of the 2016 Presidential Election, forthcoming, Lexington Books, June 2018; and with Tony Payan and Adolfo Lopez de la Osa on The Future of US-Mexican Relations: Foresight to 2040, forthcoming, Houston University Press, Fall 2019. Currently, he is writing a book on the relationship between the Mexican government and American Transnational Intellectuals from 1920 to 2006.

Language: English


Swedish Institute for North American Studies (SINAS), Uppsala University, and Institute of Latin American Studies