Tarleton Professor Co-edits Book on Relations Between U.S. and Mexico


Wednesday, August 26, 2020

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Tarleton State University professor Jesus Velasco co-edited a recently released book, The Future of U.S.-Mexico Relations: Strategic Foresight.

Velasco and fellow editors Tony Payan and Alfonso Lopez de la Osa Escribiano assert that the relationship between the neighboring nations is at its most tenuous in recent times. Sixteen essays in the book explore that relationship, focusing on trade and water issues, drugs, health, immigration, the environment and security.

The essay authors use forward-thinking methodology to predict outcomes for the next few decades: a baseline or continuity scenario, an optimistic version and a pessimistic one. They also articulate the implications each forecast has for both nations.

Most chapters are co-written by a scholar from the United States and one from Mexico.

Velasco, the Joe and Teresa Long Endowed Chair in Social Sciences at Tarleton, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a PhD in political science. He worked for several years at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics in Mexico City and chaired its Division of International Studies from 1998 to 2001.

He was a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, D.C., in 2004 and a visiting scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, both at Harvard University.

In addition to his 2010 book, Neoconservatives in the U.S. Foreign Policy under Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush: Voices Behind the Throne, and 2019’s American Presidential Elections in Comparative Perspective: The World is Watching, Velasco is co-editor of Bridging the Border: Transforming Mexico-U.S. Relations, published in 1997.

The Future of U.S.-Mexico Relations: Strategic Foresight is published by Arte Publico Press at the University of Houston.

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