Mexican Council on Foreign Relations

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Mexican Council on Foreign Affairs A.C. (COMEXI)
Founded 2001
Headquarters Distrito Federal, Mexico
Key people
  • Enrique Berruga
    President
  • Claudia Calvin
    Director General
Website COMEXI

The Mexican Council on Foreign Relation 'COMEXI (in Spanish Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales) was established the 22 November 2001. So far, it is the only plural and multidisciplinary forum, focused in the debate and analysis of Mexico’s role in the world and the growing influence of international events on the national agenda. The Council is a civic association, nonprofit and independent of government. It is financed entirely by its member's contributions

Objectives[edit]

  • Create a forum that brings together different sectors of Mexican society and facilitate meetings between them and their counterparts of other countries.
  • Organize seminars, workshops and working meetings to exchange ideas and experiences that can be useful for those who are in charge of Mexico’s international relations or those interested in that process.
  • Create institutional linkages with homologous organizations in other parts of the world.
  • Develop research projects about relevant issues that become tools for decision makers.

Board[edit]

POSITION NAME
President Enrique Berruga
Ex-president Fernando Solana
Ex-president Andrés Rozental
Vicepresident Jaime Zabludovsky
Vicepresident Franciso Suárez Dávila
Vicepresident Magdalena Carral
Counselor Leonardo Curzio
Counselor Juan Ramón de la Fuente
Counselor Silvia Hernández
Counselor Rafael Fernández MacGregor
Counselor Guadalupe González
Counselor Miguel Jauregui
Counselor Karen Kovacs
Counselor Lourdes Melgar
Counselor Alfredo Phillips
Counselor Nicole Reich
Counselor Luis Téllez
Counselor Mónica Verea

Members[edit]

COMEXI has among its members more than 450 personalities from various sectors and ideologies through the Ordinary Program and its three special programs: Corporate Program, aimed to leading companies; the Institutional Program, which gathers Foreign Embassies in Mexico, international organizations with offices in our country, as well as, research and teaching centers; and the Term-Member Program, created to support the development of future leaders.

Corporate Members


Telmex Union Pacific
American Express Co. British Petroleum
América Móvil Grupo Bimbo
Toyota ExxonMobil
FEMSA Solana Consultores
Grupo Gigante Grupo Empresarial Olmeca
Grupo Televisa Grupo Financiero Scotiabank
Grupo Financiero HSBC Grupo México
Grupo Financiero Banamex

Institutional Members


Embassy of the United States Delegation of Quebec
Embassy of Canada Embassy of Australia
Embassy of South Africa Embassy of Finland
Delegation of the European Union Iberoamericana University
Real Embassy of Norway Embassy of Japan
Embassy of France Embassy of India
El Colegio de México, A.C. Embassy of the Turkish Republic
Embassy of New Zealand Embassy of Switzerland
Anáhuac University México Norte Center of Research on North America (CISAN-UNAM)
Embassy of Ireland Embassy of the People's Republic of China
Embassy of Brazil Embassy of Sweden
Embassy of Argentina Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
General Coordination on Foreign Affairs and Parliamentary Relations of the Senate Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Embassy of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Embassy of Morocco Kingdom
Embassy of Israel National Institute of Public Administration (INAP)

Activities[edit]

COMEXI has authored unpublished materials, such as the biannual survey of opinion "Mexico and the World", prepared jointly with the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE). Additionally, it published a collection of papers of the Mexican Council on Foreign Affairs which addressed important issues of international affairs.

An additional facet of the Council's objectives is to participate at conferences, study groups or workshops on topics relevant to Mexico and its international partners. It has partnerships with the Council on Foreign Relations, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Council of the Americas, the Pacific Council on International Policy and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in the United States and six Latin American Councils (Argentine Council for International Affairs, the Conselho Brasileiro de Relações Internacionais, the Chilean Council for International Affairs, the Uruguayan Council for Foreign Relations, the Paraguayan Center for International Studies and the Peruvian Center for International Relations). Additionally COMEXI signed a memorandum of understanding with the Institute Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil and the Indian Council of World Affairs.

Since 2003, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars[1] and COMEXI instituted Stays Academic Program for Research in Public Policy for researchers on issues of bilateral relations Mexico-United States. Through this, each year about three specialists conducted research at the headquarters of the Wilson Center in Washington, DC.

As of 20 September 2013, the COMEXI has consolidated as an opinion leader in foreign policy. The apparition of the Council in radio programs and television analysis, in addition to more than 30 MEMBERS IN THE PRESS who publish in print media daily basis. The level of Associates and its deliberations in an informal and open, has increasingly become a forum to COMEXI meeting required for individuals who visit the country.

Information Center[edit]

COMEXI's web site give to any who interested in the global agenda, the opportunity to explore special articles that are product of the research made by the Council in the most important organizations around the globe.

The Center is divided in two categories: regional and thematic that helps users on their researches.

Regional
  1. North America
  2. Latin America
  3. Africa
  4. Europe
  5. Middle East
  6. Russia and Central Asia
  7. Asia
  8. Oceania
Thematic
  1. Financial Crisis
  2. Human Rights
  3. Economy
  4. Environment and Climate Change
  5. Migration
  6. International Organizations
  7. Mexico´s Foreign Policy
  8. Security
  9. Democracy
  10. Disarm
  11. Energy
  12. Mexico in the Security Council
  13. Public Opinion
  14. International Policy
  15. US-Mexico Relations
  16. World Food System

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