We are happy to announce a new speaker for our Sat. June 22 Annual Luncheon (Due to a scheduling conflict our previous speaker had to cancel her talk.)

SDWAC Annual Luncheon

featuring keynote speaker

Professor Rafael Fernández de Castro 

"Trump and Lopez Obrador: Stand-off"

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

12:00 -2:00 p.m. 

First Presbyterian Church on Bankers Hill

Special remarks on the recent crisis in U.S. - Mexico relations, the threat of U.S. tariffs and the negotiations that led to their suspension, migration and border issues.

About Rafael Fernández de Castro 

Rafael Fernández de Castro is a professor at UC San Diego School of Global Policy & Strategy and director of its Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies (USMEX). A former foreign policy adviser to President Felipe Calderón, he is an expert on bilateral relations between Mexico and the U.S.

He is the he founder and former chair of the Department of International Studies at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City. He has published numerous academic articles and written several books, including “The United States and Mexico: Between Partnership and Conflict” with Jorge Domínguez.

Fernández de Castro  also worked as the Project Director of the UNDP’s Human Development Report for Latin America 2013-14, “Citizen Security With a Human Face: Evidence and Proposals for Latin America.” He is the founder and editor of Foreign Affairs Latin America and contributes to the daily newspaper El Financiero and a regular contributor to Televisa.

His current research is on leadership and decision-making in Mexican foreign policy and he serves as a principal investigator along with Professor Jenny Pearce from the London School of Economics for the project “Co-constructing Security Provision in Mexico: A Methodology and Action Plan from Communities to the State”.

Prof. Fernández de Castro's presentation will follow a brief business meeting, to which all SDWAC members are invited.

Bring your appetite for made-to-order, all-you-can-eat tacos and sides from Sayulita's Mexican Food!


*Please note that the viewpoints expressed by speakers at SDWAC events are their own, and do not represent those of SDWAC. As a nonpartisan organization, SDWAC seeks to engage speakers who, together, represent a variety of viewpoints across the political spectrum in order to contribute to informed policy discussion and a meaningful exchange of ideas within the San Diego community. 

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