During the last quarter, we celebrated Mexico Moving Forward in Mexico City, alongside the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy's biannual meeting of its International Advisory Board. We traveled to Washington, D.C., as well, to present our work on the border economy at the Brookings Global Cities Summit. It was a pleasure to be joined in both nations' capitols by friends and colleagues from San Diego and by former center fellows and university alumni .  

We also worked with a group of students from UC San Diego, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte and the Autonomous University of Baja California to prepare for fieldwork in January in San Diego and Tijuana on education and migration in the cross-border region as part of our work with the UC-Mexico Initiative.

As 2016 draws to a close, we look ahead to a year of new challenges facing Mexicans in the U.S. and the U.S.-Mexico relationship. The current political landscape opens the door to a potential redefinition of the bilateral relationship, underscoring the importance of rigorous academic research that can inform public policy. As we break for the holidays to spend time with loved ones, we are also preparing for a busy 2017.

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All the best for a happy holiday season and a wonderful new year.

Felices fiestas,
MelissaFloca
Melissa Floca
USMEX Interim Director
Call for Postdoc  

The center, in collaboration with UC San Diego's Big Pixel Initiative, has extended the application deadline for a postdoctoral student interested in geographic and spatial questions in the San Diego-Tijuana border region. Applicants are required to start in early 2017. They are expected to contribute to the development of spatial analysis methods in conjunction with Big Pixel Initiative, as well as address substantive questions at the nexus of energy, water and food in the border region. The deadline to apply is Jan. 20. Interested candidates should submit a CV, a summary of current research and a one-page letter of intent to usmex-applications@ucsd.edu. Applicants must be Mexican nationals. 
Mexico Moving Forward 2016 

Innovation was the focus of this year's Mexico Moving Forward, a signature event for the center. For its fifth symposium, we invited three social entrepreneurs to speak about their work focused on finding solutions to complex social problems and market failures. The efforts they highlighted in education and workforce development boost productivity and increase quality of life across Mexico, especially for women and young people.  Photo gallery >>  Read more >>
San Diego-Tijuana Bilateral Cities Exchange

The center presented its work on the San Diego-Tijuana Bilateral Cities Exchange at the Brookings Global Cities Summit in September. The Global Cities Initiative--a joint project of the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase--aims to help city-regions strengthen their international economic competitiveness and connections. Led by the center, a dozen local partners gathered to develop a fact base to identify strategic areas for increased bilateral exchange between economic development practitioners in support of regional economic development.  Learn more >>
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