BROWNSVILLE, RGV – Christopher Wilson, Deputy Director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, is our special guest for today’s live stream on Facebook.

The one hour conversation, moderated by Rio Grande Guardian publisher Mark Hanna, starts at 9 a.m. To watch the interview, go to the Rio Grande Guardian’s Facebook page.

Christopher Wilson

“We are thrilled to interview Christopher Wilson of the Mexico Institute, a leading analyst of U.S.-Mexico relations and border economics. We are delighted he is in the Rio Grande Valley and are keen to hear his insight,” said Hanna.

At the Mexico Institute, Wilson leads the Institute’s research and programming on regional economic integration and U.S.-Mexico border affairs. He is the author and editor of numerous reports, including Growing Together: Economic Ties between the United States and Mexico (Wilson Center, 2017) and the State of the Border Report.

Wilson has testified before the United States Congress and is regularly consulted by national and international media outlets regarding U.S.-Mexico relations. He has written opinion columns for the Wall Street Journal, Politico, CNN, and Reuters, among others.

Wilson previously worked as a contractor doing Mexico analysis for the U.S. military and as a researcher at American University’s Center for North American Studies. In Mexico, he worked at an international trade consultancy and with American students studying regional political and social issues.

He is a member of the Transportation Research Board Committee on International Trade and Transportation, one of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine technical committees designed to provide independent, objective analysis to inform public policy decisions. Chris completed his M.A. in International Affairs at American University, focusing on U.S. foreign policy and hemispheric relations.

On Monday, Wilson spoke at a briefing held Monday at the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council in Weslaco. In his remarks, Wilson spoke about U.S.-Mexico relations and defended the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The briefing was titled, “The Changing Dynamic of the U.S.-Mexico Relationship and its impact on Border Economies.” It was co-hosted by Congressmen Filemon Vela and Vicente Gonzalez, LRGVDC, and the Rio Grande Valley Partnership.

Other speakers at the event were Sam Vale of the Border Trade Alliance and labor economist Alberto Davila, of UT-Rio Grande Valley.

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying this story shows Christopher Wilson, Laura Gomez, federal liaison for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Sergio Contreras, president of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership.