MEXICO CITY – What would a Biden presidency mean for North America? What would a second Trump term mean for the same continent? Would it be any different than the first term?

These are some of the questions that will be posed to three experts – one from the United States, one from Mexico, and one from Canada – in a Facebook LIVE event being hosted next Tuesday by the Olof Palme Center in Mexico City. 

The three experts are Duncan Wood, director of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute in Washington, D.C., María-Cristina Rosas, a professor and researcher at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico, and Stephen James Randall, a history professor at the University of Calgary and director of the university’s Latin America Research Centre.

The discussion will be moderated by Rio Grande Guardian editor and publisher Steve Taylor. The audience can submit questions via Facebook. Among the topics that could come up are international relations, trade, energy, immigration, and border security.

The Facebook LIVE event starts at 1 p.m. Central Time on Tuesday, October 6. The Olof Palme Center’s Facebook page is /centroolof.mexico.

To register for the event, email [email protected]

Here are the bios of the three experts:

María-Cristina Rosas


María-Cristina Rosas, (PhD., Mexico City, 1965). She is full-time Professor and Researcher at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). For almost three decades she has been Professor at the Center for Naval Higher Studies (CESNAV) of the Secretariat of the Navy in Mexico as well. She belongs to the National Researchers System. She heads the Olof Palme Center for Analysis and Research on Peace, Security and Development. She was head of the Mexican Association for Canadian Studies between 1999 and 2000.  She was awarded the Jesús Silva-Herzog Prize for her contributions to research in international economics. She was also awarded a public recognition due to her academic life-time achievements by all the Universities based in Mendoza, Argentina in 2018. Rosas has served as consultant to the Mexican Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Japanese, Canadian and Swedish Governments and international organizations based in Geneva on trade negotiations. She is author of around 100 books on international trade and security. Most recently she edited a volume on The North American Free Trade Agreement 2. 0 in preparation for the USMCA negotiations and authored an analysis on Space Security published by UNAM, and the Mexican and Australian Spaces Agencies.  She studied in Mexico and Sweden receiving two doctorates, in International Relations and Latin American. She comments on regular basis on international politics and economic issues for various national and international media networks such as TV Azteca, the Congress Channel, UNAM Radio, Radio France, Deutsche Welle, Sputnik News, CNN, BBC News, and Rio Grande Guardian among others. She is a life-long fan of The Simpsons and enjoys studying viticulture and playing piano.

Stephen J. Randall


Stephen J. Randall, FRSC, (PhD Toronto 1972), is Professor Emeritus and Faculty Professor (2014-2019). He served as Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences (1994-2006), director of the Institute for US Policy Research; director Latin American Research Centre.

He held previous appointments at McGill University (1974-1989) and the University of Toronto (1971-1974).  Randall is a Fulbright scholar (2007). He was a member of the editorial board of the Latin American Research Review (2004-2009), and was co-editor of International Journal of the Canadian Institute for International Affairs.  He was awarded the National Order of Merit, Grand Cross (2000), and the Order of San Carlos (2013) from the Foreign Ministry of Colombia. In 2012 he received the Lifetime Public Service Award from the Canadian Council for the Americas (Toronto).  Randall has served with the United Nations, Organization of American States and Carter Center in international election supervision in the Caribbean, Latin America and Southeast Asia.  He is the author of more than a dozen books, most recently, the authorized biography of Alfonso López Michelsen, President of Colombia (1974-1978). Bogotá: Villegas Editores , 2007), and Frente a La Estrella Polar: Colombia y Los Estados Unidos Desde 1974 (Bogotá: PenguinRandomHouse, 2017).

Duncan Wood


Duncan Wood, PhD, Director of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, is an internationally renowned specialist on North American politics, Mexico and U.S.-Mexican ties who lectures and publishes on hemispheric issues and relations. He regularly gives testimony to the U.S. Congress on U.S.-Mexico relations, is a widely quoted source on Mexican politics, and has published extensively on this and other issues.  He is the author or editor of 12 books and more than 30 chapters and articles. He is currently co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Transparency and Anti-Corruption, has worked closely with the WEF on Energy policy, and is a member of the editorial board of Foreign Affairs Latinoamerica. From 1996-2012, he was a professor and the director of the International Relations Program at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) in Mexico City for 17 years. Over the course of his 30 year career he has been a Fulbright Fellow and a Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); an editorial advisor to Reforma and El Universal newspapers; Technical Secretary of the Red Mexicana de Energia; a consultant with McLarty Associates, the Economist Intelligence Unit, Horizon and Eurasia Group; and owner of a speakeasy in Mexico City. He studied in the UK and Canada, receiving his Doctorate in Political Studies from Queen’s University, Canada, and is a recipient of the Canadian Governor General’s Visit Award for contributions to the Mexico-Canada relationship. He is a life-long fan of Liverpool Football Club and will hopefully Never Walk Alone.


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