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Arturo Sarukhan

Distinguished Diplomat in Residence/Mexico Institute, Advisory Board Member
Mexico Institute

Contact Information:
T 202/691-4052 // F 202/691-4001
Expertise:
Latin America
Affiliation:
Former Mexican Ambassador to the United States
Wilson Center Project(s):
“Impact and Effectiveness in the use of Digital Diplomacy by Ambassadors and Embassies in Washington”
Term:
May 15, 2014
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Oct 15, 2014

The grandson of refugees in Mexico, Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan is a career diplomat who joined the Mexican Foreign Service in 1993, and currently serves as Mexico's Ambassador to the U.S. He was posted to the Mexican Embassy in the United States as a junior diplomat, served as Chief of Staff to the Ambassador, and was the head of the counternarcotics office at the Embassy. In 2000 he became Chief of Policy Planning at the Foreign Ministry and was appointed by the President as Mexican Consul General to New York City in 2003. He resigned from this post and took a leave of absence from the Foreign Service in 2006 to join Felipe Calderón's presidential campaign as a foreign policy advisor and international spokesperson and became the Coordinator for Foreign Affairs in the Transition Team. In November of 2006 he received the rank of Ambassador and in February of 2007 was appointed Mexican Ambassador to the United States.

Ambassador Sarukhan is active in various organizations such as the Mexican Council on Foreign Affairs, the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. He has taught in various universities and published articles on issues related to foreign policy in a variety of journals and magazines. He holds a BA in International Relations from El Colegio de México and an MA in US Foreign Policy from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins where he was a Fulbright Scholar and Ford Foundation Fellow.

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