Tony Payan, Speaker for April 29 forum, "Mexico's Crucial July 1 Presidential Election"


Tony Payan travels to Mexico frequently and is in continuous contact with Mexican officials and scholars.

On July 1, 2018, Mexican voters will select a new president who will face colossal challenges in the years ahead, including worsening mass violence, rising drug trafficking, widespread poverty, and a hostile U.S. president who constantly disparages Mexico, deports Mexican immigrants at record levels, threatens to end the North American Free Trade Agreement, and insists on building a mammoth border wall. 

Who among the contenders for the Mexican presidency has what it takes to tackle such gargantuan problems?  No one is more knowledgeable about Mexican politics than Tony Payan.

Tony is the Director of the Mexico Center at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University.  Payan’s research focuses primarily on border studies, particularly the U.S.-Mexico border. His work includes studies of border governance, border flows and immigration, as well as border security and organized crime. He is also an adjunct associate professor at Rice and a professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez. Between 2001 and 2015, Payan was a professor of political science at The University of Texas at El Paso. He has authored two books, Cops, Soldiers and Diplomats: Understanding Agency Behavior in the War on Drugs and The Three U.S.-Mexico Border Wars: Drugs, Immigration and Homeland Security (2006 and 2016 editions). He has also co-edited six volumes and authored several book chapters and journal articles on border and Mexico topics.

Don't miss this forum, Sunday, April 29 from 2:30-4 pm in the El Paso Public Library downtown, 501 N. Oregon.