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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tuesday, November 07, 2017 - Lunch Program
NAFTA Endangered: Mexico-U.S. Prosperity in the Trump Era
Roderic Camp, Carlos Garcia de Alba, and David Dreier, panelists

Bucking traditional Republican consensus favoring free trade and calling the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) the “worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere, but certainly ever signed in this country,” President Trump has made good on his campaign promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact, and is currently reconsidering America’s membership in NAFTA. Former U.S. Representative David Dreier, a leader in the 1993 creation of NAFTA, Ambassador Carlos Garcia de Alba, Mexico’s Consul General in Los Angeles, and Roderic Camp, professor of government at Claremont McKenna, will discuss the origins of the trade agreement, its contributions to North American prosperity, and its imperiled future under President Trump. 

Carlos García de Alba is the Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles, and has served in the Mexican Foreign Service since 1987. He was promoted to ambassador in 2006, and was confirmed by the Mexican Senate as Consul General in April 2016. He served as executive director for the Institute for Mexicans Abroad from 2009 to 2011, and as Ambassador of Mexico to Ireland from 2011 to 2016. He previously served as Chargé d’Affaires at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), as Consul General of Mexico in Dallas, and as Commercial Counselor at the Embassy of Mexico in Italy.

Ambassador de Alba has published numerous articles on foreign policy issues, youth, environment, agricultural economics and public administration. He has given over 300 lectures and courses on various subjects in several countries. de Alba has a BA in Economics from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Xochimilco, a Master’s Degree in Political Science and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Rome. 

David Dreier was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1980, where he served until January 2013. In Congress, he served as the youngest—and the first from California—chairman of the Rules Committee, playing a pivotal role in fashioning all legislation for debate in the House.

Dreier introduced the first NAFTA legislation in 1987, and worked closely with President Clinton to build the bipartisan support for passage in 1993. During his tenure in Congress, he was a strong ally of both Democratic and Republican administrations in support of passage of free trade agreements. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the board of the International Republican Institute. Dreier is the founding chairman of the bipartisan House Democracy Partnership, which works directly with legislatures in seventeen countries around the globe, helping to build institutions in new and re-emerging democracies. Additionally, he was the founding chair of the Congressional Trade Working Group that has built support for trade agreements for more than twenty years. He was recently awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle, the Mexico’s highest honor for citizens of other nations.

Dreier received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College in 1975 and his M.A. in American government from Claremont Graduate University the following year. 

Roderic Camp is the Philip McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim at Claremont McKenna College. He serves as a founding member of the Advisory Board, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Smithsonian Institution and is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York City. Camp is a member of the Editorial Board of Mexican Studies and is an Advisory Editor, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin America.

He is a frequent consultant to national and international media, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and BBC. He is the author of numerous articles and thirty books on Mexico, seven of which have been designated by Choice as outstanding academic books. His most recent publications include: Politics in Mexico, Democratic Consolidation or Decline? (Oxford University Press, 2013) and the Oxford Handbook of Mexican Politics (Oxford University Press, 2012). He is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from St Olaf College for his scholarship and teaching on Mexico, and the Order of the Aztec Eagle from the Mexican government for his scholarly contributions to the study of Mexican politics.

He received a B.A. and M.A. from George Washington University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.

This panel is co-sponsored by the Dreier Roundtable.

Image credit: Alex Covarrubias, Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday, November 07, 2017 - Evening Program
The 2016 Election One Year Later
Andrew Busch, Jack Pitney, and Michael Nelson, panelists

Michael Nelson, editor of The Elections of 2016 (Sage/CQ), and CMC’s own Andrew Busch and Jack Pitney, professors and authors of "Defying the Odds: The 2016 Elections and American Politics" (Rowman & Littlefield), will join in a panel discussion to examine the 2016 elections. What have we learned about the reasons for the surprising victory of Donald Trump? What have the results of the election been so far? And, after one year, where are American politics headed?

Michael Nelson is the Fulmer Professor of Political Science at Rhodes College, a senior fellow at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, and senior contributing editor and book editor of the Cook Political Report. John J. Pitney, Jr. is the Roy P. Crocker Professor of American Politics at Claremont McKenna College. Andrew E. Busch is the Crown Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College.

This panel discussion is sponsored by the Rose Institute of State and Local Government.


Tuesday, November 07, 2017 - Evening Program
Digesting the Outcomes of the 19th Party Congress in China
Bruce Dickson

The Chinese Communist Party will hold its 19th Party Congress in mid-October. Outcomes will reveal whether norms of succession have been institutionalized or remain under the control of individual leaders, in particular CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping. Decisions on which leaders will be promoted, reappointed or retired will have a major impact on policy decisions in coming years. Bruce Dickson, expert on China and Chinese politics, will analyze the outcomes of the 19th Party Congress for both leadership succession and policy making in China.

Bruce Dickson received his B.A. in political science and English literature, his M.A. in Chinese Studies, and his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty of The George Washington University and the Elliott School in 1993. 

Dickson's research and teaching focus on political dynamics in China, especially the adaptability of the Chinese Communist Party and the regime it governs. In addition to courses on China, he also teaches on comparative politics and authoritarianism.

His current research examines the political consequences of economic reform in China, the Chinese Communist Party’s evolving strategy for survival, and the changing relationship between state and society. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the US Institute of Peace, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Professor Dickson's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Keck Institute for International and Strategic Studies at CMC.