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US - Mexican Relations: Why So Complex?

Peter Smith, Professor of Political Science, UC San Diego
Jun 18, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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"U.S.-Mexican Relations: Why So Complex?"


Peter Smith

Professor of Political Science &
Simón Bolivar Professor of Latin American
Studies University of California, San Diego

Professor Smith will be speaking on the character of contemporary U.S.- Mexican relations, on patterns of change and continuity, and on the inability of the two governments to create a stable, secure, and predictable bilateral regime. Peter H. Smith is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Simón Bolívar Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He is a specialist on comparative politics, Latin American politics, and U.S.-Latin American relations.

A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, Mr. Smith received the Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1966. He has served in faculty positions at Dartmouth College (1966-68), the University of Wisconsin- Madison (1968-80), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1980-87). He has held visiting appointments at the Universidad de San Andrés (Buenos Aires), El Colegio de México, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the Universidade de São Paulo, and the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares and the Instituto Ortega y Gasset in Spain.

A prolific author, Professor Smith has written Labyrinths of Power: Political Recruitment in Twentieth-Century Mexico (1979) and co-edited Mexico and the United States: The Politics of Partnership (2014). He also served as staff director of the Bilateral Commission on the Future of U.S.-Mexican Relations, a blue-ribbon group that released a book-length report entitled Mexico and the United States: The Challenge of Interdependence (1988). Moreover he has co-authored Modern Latin America, now in its eighth edition and the most prominent classroom text in its field. For several years Peter also served as moderator for a
UCSD-TV television talk show about Latin America and its relationship with the United States.


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