MCALLEN, Texas – An upcoming webinar involving experts from the United States, Canada and Mexico feature a discussion on the challenges and opportunities for North America stemming from the U.S. presidential election.

The event, hosted the Olof Palme Center in Mexico City, will be live-streamed on Facebook. It takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, starting at 10 a.m. Central Time.

The three panelists are Martha Bárcena Coqui, Mexico’s ambassador to the United States, Earl Anthony Wayne, former U.S. ambassador to Mexico, and Michael Kergin, former Canadian ambassador to the United States.

The discussion will be moderated by Steve Taylor, editor and co-founder of The Rio Grande Guardian

Sponsors of the event include the Olof Palme Center in Mexico City, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the Wilson Center, and The Rio Grande Guardian.

Registration can be made via this email: [email protected]

Here are biographical details on the speakers:

Martha Bárcena Coqui


Ambassador Bárcena was appointed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and ratified by the Mexican Senate on December 2018 as Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, becoming the first female Ambassador to hold this position.

Ambassador Bárcena joined the Mexican Foreign Service in 1979. Prior to arriving in Washington, D.C., she was posted as Permanent Representative to the United Nations Rome-based Agencies. She has also served as Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey, non-resident to Georgia and the Republics of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan; Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark, non-resident to the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Iceland, and as Consul in Barcelona.

At the multilateral level, Ambassador Bárcena has represented Mexico as delegate at the UN, UNESCO and the OAS as well as head of delegation at the Forum on Migration and Development. She has also participated in multiple international conferences organized by the G-20 and the World Humanitarian Summit.

Ambassador Bárcena holds a degree in Communication Sciences from Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, and a degree in Philosophy, summa cum laude, from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. She also earned a Master’s Degree in International Studies (Diplomatic School, Spain) and a Master’s Degree in Political Philosophy (Universidad Iberoamericana).

She has authored several articles and books on multilateralism, United Nations peacekeeping operations and Mexican Foreign Policy.

Earl Anthony Wayne


An accomplished diplomat and executive, Ambassador Wayne has served in a wide variety of positions during his career, including as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and Argentina, Deputy Ambassador in Afghanistan, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe. “Tony” has successfully led complex organizations and teams in Washington and overseas, working to develop and implement policies involving countries around the world to solve problems and create opportunities across economic, political, security and public diplomacy issues. Wayne left the State Department in late 2015 as a Career Ambassador, the most senior U.S. diplomatic rank.

Ambassador Wayne is currently engaged in a variety of activities.  These include working as a Public Policy Fellow and Co-Chair of the Mexico Institute’s Board at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Wayne is a non-resident advisor/fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Atlantic Council.

Michael Kergin


Michael Kergin served in the Canadian Foreign Service for forty years with postings in Cameroun, USA, Chile, the United Nations in New York and Cuba (as Ambassador). He ended his career as the Canadian Ambassador to the United States 2000-2005. In Ottawa, he occupied senior positions, including Foreign and Defence Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister (the equivalent of the National Security Adviser in the U.S. government). Since leaving government, Mr. Kergin founded the firm Intermestic Consulting Inc. which provides advice to private clients, as well as to the federal and Ontario governments, on political, economic and border developments in the United States. He is currently a senior adviser at the Law firm Bennett Jones LLP and a fellow at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. He is married to Margarita Fuentes and has three sons.


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