On October 7-8, 2007 the Woodrow Wilson Center, the University of Texas at El Paso, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, the Comité por el Premio de Periodismo Nacional and Sam Donaldson of ABC News hosted Journalism Across Borders, a conference convening editors, news directors, and senior journalists from Mexico and the United States in El Paso, Texas to discuss the challenges of covering each other's country and the border region.
Mexico Institute in the News: Panel says U.S.-Mexico border issues hinder huge economic opportunities
The U.S.-Mexico border holds a huge opportunity for increased trade and job creation, but it has become increasingly difficult to develop those opportunities since 2000, experts said Friday. The Mexico Institute's Christopher Wilson discusses the impact of border friction and his and Erik Lee's findings in a recent report on the transborder economy.
"It’s particularly difficult when you get outside of major metropolitan areas to get an outstanding education that would take you to a top college and maybe to an international graduate program,” says Andrew Selee on the radio broadcast.
Goodman's paper discusses U.S. firearms trafficking to Mexico as well as the lesser known phenomenon of the illicit movement of U.S.-origin firearms to Guatemala.
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The program is organized by the Border Research Partnership,comprising the North American Center for Transborder Studies, a research unit in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University, Mexico's El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) and the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.
Eric Olson, Associate Director of the Mexico Institute, was invited on WBEZFM to discuss Mexico’s future and why it matters for the U.S. The main topics of discussion were the president-elect, his goals for the economy and his party’s plan for eliminating drug-related violence.