Mexican Democracy in the Age of Uncertainty

World Affairs Council of Central Illinois Presentation/Dinner

Speaker: Duncan Wood

Program: Thursday, November 9, 2017

7:30 pm, Conference Room C\D, Public Affairs Center, University of Illinois at Springfield
Program is free and open to the public.

Reception 5:30/Dinner 6:15 pm in Conference Room C\D

Duncan Wood, Director of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute since January 2013, is a “North American citizen,” lecturing and publishing widely in the United States, Mexico and Canada on intracontinental issues and relations, politics, security and trade with a primary focus on U.S.-Mexican ties.

A widely-quoted authority on energy policy, international banking regulation and corruption, he works closely with the World Economic Forum and leverages decades of experience at Mexico’s leading universities and newspapers.

Before coming to the Wilson Center, Dr. Wood served as professor and director of International Relations Program at Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) in Mexico City for 17 years. Prior to ITAM, Dr. Wood led the Renewable Energy Initiative at the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and is a two level member of the Mexican National Research System.

He has been editorial advisor to both Reforma and El Universal newspapers, and member of editorial board of Foreign Affairs Latinoamerica. In 2007, he was a non-resident Fulbright Fellow and between 2007 and 2009, he was technical secretary of Red Mexicana de Energia, experts in energy policy in Mexico.

He has been a Senior Associate with the Simon Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. His research focuses on Mexican and Latin American energy policy, including renewable energy.

Dr. Wood studied in the UK and in Canada, receiving his PhD in Political Studies from Queen’s University, Canada in 1996. He is a recipient of Canadian Governor General’s Visit Award for contributions to Mexico-Canada relationship.

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