On December 12, the United States and Mexico celebrated 200 years of formal bilateral ties. A little under a month later, on January 9 and 10, United States President Joe Biden will embark on his first foreign trip of 2023 with Ciudad de Mexico as his destination.  There, and at a moment of significant global change, he will meet with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts for the tenth North American Leaders’ Summit (NALS). 

NALS will take place as trade in goods between Mexico and the United States reaches new highs, and as the midpoint mark approaches of the first six-year period for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).  On the table will be key issues ranging from North American competitiveness and supply chain resiliency to border cooperation, including security and migration. 

What are the expectations for this next period of US-Mexico ties? How will our countries further strengthen alignment on key issues critical for socioeconomic prosperity? What does the future hold for collaboration on a more modern, safe, and secure border especially following this month’s 21st Century Border Management meeting? How can the private sector with the governments in pursuit of shared goals? 

Join us on Thursday, December 15, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET for a virtual celebration of 200 years of bilateral ties and a public agenda-setting conversation on the priorities outlined by NALS. 

This event will be part of the Center’s broader programming for the Tenth North American Leaders Summit, which will include the launch of a series of spotlight reports on goals identified by the trilateral partnership. This event will feature the launch of our first spotlight brief on competitiveness and supply chain resiliency.


H.E. Esteban Moctezuma
Ambassador of Mexico to the United States

Rachel M. Poynter
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Omar Vargas
Vice President and Head of Global Public Policy
General Motors

Adriana Ibarra-Fernandez
Partner, Trade & Commerce
Baker & McKenzie Abogados, S.C.

Bosco Martí
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council; Former Executive Director for Mexico and the Dominican Republic
Inter-American Development Bank

*Additional speakers to be confirmed.

In conversation with

Jason Marczak
Senior Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

María Fernanda Bozmoski
Deputy Director, Programs, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

As part of this celebration, we will feature videos from elected representatives from both sides of the border who will share why United States-Mexico ties matter to them and their constituents.

The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center broadens understanding of regional transformations and delivers constructive, results-oriented solutions to inform how the public and private sectors can advance hemispheric prosperity.