Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe to Headline Foreign Policy Discussion on Mexico's Elections and Future

Jul 17, 2012, 07:30 ET from Bipartisan Policy Center

Uribe To Join Bipartisan Policy Center as Senior Fellow

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe is joining the Bipartisan Policy Center as a Senior Fellow. On his first day at the BPC, he will headline a foreign policy discussion on the implications of the recent elections in Mexico on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 10:00AM.

With Mexico embroiled in a battle against drug cartels and facing a tough economy, voters there recently chose a new president, electing Enrique Pena Nieto and returning the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to power after a twelve year absence. Though some have expressed concern that the president-elect might revert to some of the PRI's worst practices, authoritarian rule and collusion with criminals, Pena Nieto has promised to respect democracy and crack down on the cartels, even seeking advice from Colombia's former national police chief, Gen. Oscar Naranjo.

President Uribe, who during his tenure faced similar challenges, will speak about the implications of the election for Mexico's future and its continuing fight against criminal organization, how the lessons of Colombia might be applied, and the steps the United States could take to assist Mexico.

Last year, President Uribe took part in the BPC's panel discussion on its report, A Stitch in Time: Stabilizing Fragile States, which focuses on two necessary aspects of stabilization assistance: security and governance.

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President Alvaro Uribe

Former President of Colombia

Senior Fellow, BPC

Ambassador Roger Noriega

Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Former Assistant Secretary of State

Ambassador Peter Romero

CEO, Experior Advisory

Former Ambassador and Assistant Secretary of State

Ambassador Paula Dobriansky


Former Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs

Adjunct Senior Fellow at Harvard University's JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Co-chair, BPC Fragile States Initiative


Panel Discussion

Mexico Election: Implications for Democracy, Security and the United States


Wednesday, July 25, 2012 

10:00AM to 11:30AM


Bipartisan Policy Center 

1225 Eye Street NW

Suite 1000, 10th floor

Washington, DC 20005

About the Bipartisan Policy Center
Founded in 2007 by former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George Mitchell, Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is a non-profit organization that drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiation and respectful dialogue.  With projects in multiple issue areas, BPC combines politically balanced policymaking with strong, proactive advocacy and outreach.

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