Public discussion of U.S.-Mexico relations has been tied up with debate about the border wall and migration for the last two and a half years, but that has not changed the fact that the broader relationship is vital for both countries. And now, with a new government in Mexico, work is ongoing despite the public rhetoric to define that new relationship via a revised trade arrangement, cooperation on longer term migration issues and dealing with important public security issues.
Ambassador Wayne has served in a variety of positions, including U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and Argentina, Deputy Ambassador in Afghanistan, and Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, in addition to work on Europe. Ambassador “Tony” Wayne left the State Department in 2015 as a Career Ambassador. He is currently a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Co-Chair of the Mexico Institute’s Board. He is also a senior non-resident advisor at two other think tanks: the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Atlantic Council. In addition, he works as an advisor for HSBC Latin America and serves as a member of its Financial System Risk Advisory Committee, helping banks to protect themselves against financial crime.
Ambassador Wayne’s most recent diplomatic posting was as the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico (2011- 2015). He led a U.S. Mission of 2,700 employees working to foster America’s relationship with Mexico, a major partner on trade, investment, tourism, migration, law enforcement and border security.
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