Economic, Energy, Immigration, and Security Policies Regarding Mexico: Alignment or Policy Stew?
March 7 – 14, 2015
Earn 3 credits
Christine Pommerening, Research Associate Professor, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, George Mason University
Robert L. Deitz, Professor of Public Policy, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, George Mason University
Michal McElwain Malur, Director of External Programs, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, George Mason University
$3,595 (includes tuition).
Optional Friday night arrival (3/6) and private guided tour of the famous national anthropology museum on 3/7 before the general program starts. The museum houses significant anthropological and archaeological artifacts from the pre-Columbian heritage of Mexico, such as the Stone of the Sun (or the Aztec calendar stone) and the 16th-century Aztec statue of Xochipilli. The cost of this additional night with breakfast, and the tour is $150 USD. For those interested, a faculty member will be taking the UNITED 1566 flight from IAD at 5:08pm arriving into MEX at 9:01pm.
After the program ends, join us for an optional Saturday trip to the famous silver city of Taxco. Taxco was named one of Mexico’s “Pueblos Magicos” (Magical towns) due to the colonial constructions and the surrounding scenery. The cost of this additional night with breakfast, and the tour is $150 USD.
The relationship between the United States and Mexico is exceedingly important to both countries, however our interests can vary significantly as they relate to economic, immigration, and security goals and policies. These may be aligned in some ways and misaligned in others, both between the two countries and within them. In other words, the relationship is complicated. And, there are not just public sector interests in play, but private sector and civil society ones as well. We will get a first hand look and chances to discuss these issues regarding policy alignment with government, academic, and private sector actors in the context of US-Mexico foreign policy. We will delve into everything from drug cartels to illegal immigration to economic growth and the actions and reactions on both sides of the border. This study abroad program presents an ideal opportunity for SPGIA students in all masters’ programs—as well as other interested individuals—to explore some of the most consequential policy problems facing Mexico and the U.S today. Indeed, Mexico offers perhaps the richest international experience possible to students of public policy, regardless of their specific areas of interest and expertise.
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