Two Great Events This Week and Another on the Horizon

Today NDN and NPI hosted the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano and a panel of experts discussing the very substantial progress being made along our common border with Mexico.  If you did not attend or catch the webcast, please check back on our website next week to view the video.

Additionally, NDN/NPI hosted an event on Tuesday with Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith McHale.  This event was focused on how social media and other new technologies are affecting diplomacy, politics and governance in Latin America. To view a video of the event, please click here.

If you are interested in attending more events NDN has to offer, we would like to remind you that our Latin American Policy Initiative and 21st Century Border Initiative will be joining forces on April 11 for Forward Together/Avanzando Juntos/Avançando Juntos – A Conference Looking at the Changing Politics of the Americas.  This day-long conference will look at how this fast-changing region might be able to do more together in the years ahead.  The agenda for this policy day is listed below. Please make sure to register for this event as soon as possible.


9:30 AM – 10:00 AM        
Continental Breakfast

10:00 AM – 10:05 AM      
Welcoming Remarks

Nelson Cunningham, Chairman of the Latin American Policy Initiative

10:05 AM – 10:45 AM      
Remarks on President Obama’s Trip to Latin America

Dan Restrepo, Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere at the National Security Council

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM      
Panel Discussion on the Changing Politics of the Americas

Ambassador Francisco Altschul, Ambassador of El Salvador to the United States
Juan Carlos Lopez, Anchor and Senior Correspondent CNN Espanol

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM      
Moving Forward on U.S. Foreign Policy with Latin America

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM      
Networking Lunch

12:45 PM – 1:30 PM
The 21st Century Border Initiative
Mexican Ambassador to the United States, Arturo Sarukhan

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Working Together to Create a 21st Century Border: A Special Conversation With Mayors on Both Sides of the US-Mexico Border
Moderated by Chappell Lawson, Associate Professor of Politics at MIT
Arturo Garino, Mayor of Nogales Arizona
Jose Barajas, Mayor of Nogales Sonora

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM   
Growing Together: How a 21st Century Border is Essential to Prosperity in Both the U.S. and Mexico
Moderated by Maria Luisa O’Connell, Senior Advisor for Trade and Public Relations Office of the Commissioner US Customs and Border Protection, DHS 
Martin Rojas, Vice President of Security & Operations, American Trucking Association
Jim Kolbe, Senior Transatlantic Fellow, The German Marshall Fund
Col. Eric Rojo, Vice President of U.S.-Mexico Chamber Of Commerce and Security Program Coordinator for CEDAN-ITESM

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM   
Governor Bill Richardson, Former Governor of New Mexico and Chairman of APCO Worldwide's Executive Advisory Service Global Political Strategies