September 2016, Speaker Series: Mónica Ortiz-Uribe

On September 30, 2016, guest speaker Mónica Ortiz-Uribe, Senior Field Correspondent for KJZZ’s (NPR affiliate station in Phoenix) Fronteras Desk discussed the “Industrial Labor Issues in Mexico” from a journalist’s point of view, with a specific focus on Ciudad Juarez.


Border Crossing Research Visioning Meeting

On September 16, 2016, the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness and the Center for Inter-American Border Studies organized a Border Crossing Research Visioning meeting on the nexus of issues involved in ordinary border crossing activities. This meeting brought together community representatives from public organizations, NGO’s and academia to share their views on the dynamics of the border. Participants explored possible research projects to develop methods for improving crossing times, reducing environmental impacts, and implementing mechanisms for effective border management.

April 2016 Speaker Series: Ioan Grillo

An English journalist and writer based in Mexico City, Ioan Grillo has been reporting on the Mexican Drug War the Latin American illegal drug trade since 2001. He is the author of the books “Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars”, “Killing Fields”, “The New Politics of Latin America”, and “El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency”.


Book Presentation:
Ambassador Miguel Basañez

On February 23, 2016 The Hunt Institute, in collaboration with the Center for Inter-American Border Studies and the Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso, hosted the book presentation of the Mexican Ambassador to the U.S., Dr. Miguel Basañez, entitled “A World of Three Cultures”. The book examines the impact of culture on global development. by drawing on extensive quantitative data, the author identifies three “hyper clusters” of culture in the world: honor, achievement and joy.

January 2016 Speaker Series: Victor Aguirre López

The first of our Speaker Series of 2016, took place in January. “The Legal and Financial Concerns of Entrepreneurs in Mexico”, presented by Victor Aguirre López from Mexico City. Brought together stakeholders from public and private organizations in charge of promoting entrepreneurialism in our region, research institutes, incubators, business students, local businesses and start-ups. This presentation explained the legal and financial start-up environment in Mexico City.