Institute of the Americas Upcoming Events

Mexico’s Midterm Elections and the Shifting Political Environment

Date: August 7, 2015
Place: Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego
Time: 9:00 am
Cost: General Public $10 • Free for IOA Members and UCSD students and faculty. Become a Member
Contact: Chandler Martin

Luis RubioMexico’s midterm elections evidenced a rapidly evolving society. Whereas in the past only about 8% of Mexican voters split their vote, this time around there were races where up to 40% did so. In addition, incumbents were defeated in all but two of the state governorships up for grabs, and one of those two was won by 570 votes. The Mexican political environment is thus showing an odd mix of a federal government with neither the vision nor the capacity to implement its own reforms, together with an effervescent electorate.

Whatever else this might mean, the next presidential race in 2018 is likely to be like none before, with several credible candidates, a president to be elected with probably less than 30% of the vote, and an enormous task ahead.

We’re honored to host renowned Mexican political analyst Luis Rubio to discuss the outcome and the road ahead.  Dr. Rubio is the chairman of CIDAC, an independent research organization devoted to the study of economic and policy issues.  He is prolific writer on political, economic, financial and international subjects.


SENTRI at 20

SENTRI has been essential to the economic growth and viability of our bi-national region.

By 2020, the demand on the SENTRI program will be intense and a new, more efficient border crossing mechanism will be needed. Anticipating this need, UC San Diego is again taking the lead to develop innovative solutions to our future border challenge.

On September 22, Congresswoman Lynn Schenk, who championed the SENTRI program by carrying it through Congress and fighting for its approval, will be joined by UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla and others to spearhead the effort to find solutions. Chancellor Khosla has recruited a team of local visionaries, and technology and transportation experts —the Envision the Border Study Team— to write a White Paper which will be presented at the September 22 roundtable. The paper will provide steps that San Diego can take to lead our nation in border crossing efficiency and innovation.

The roundtable will include panel discussions that look at the challenges the SENTRI program’s supporters had to overcome, as well as the recommendations of Envision 2020. A keynote speaker will close the roundtable by discussing California’s economic future and the importance of a strong dynamic partnership with Mexico.





UC San Diego            Smart Border Coalition





Event: Luncheon Roundtable
Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Time: 12 noon to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Malamud Room in the Weaver Center
Institute of the Americas


Seating is limited; please register early to reserve your seat.

Early bird individual ticket: $65 (through August 15)

Individual ticket: $75
(after August 15)

early bird table of ten: $600
(through August 15)

table of ten: $700
(after August 15)

for sponsorship opportunities, please contact
Sherry White or by phone
at (858) 964-1723










Panama Energy Roundtable: How to balance economic growth and energy infrastructure


Date: September 22, 2015
Time: 8:30 - 9:00am Registration and Coffee
9:00am – 3:30pm Roundtable Panel Discussions
Place: Panama City, Panama – Panama Marriott Hotel
Contact: Rita Oliveira

This event will be held in Spanish without interpretation and is closed to the press

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Panama Energy RoundtableIn April, Panama hosted the Seventh Summit of the Americas, an event made famous by the historic handshake between Presidents Obama and Castro. As Hemispheric heads of state met in Panama, the country continued its economic surge.  Foreign Direct Investment grew 32% in the first quarter of 2015 and over the last five years, Panama has been one of the region’s fastest growing economies, averaging annual growth on the order of 8%. But its average annual GDP growth has also brought a commensurate rise in energy demand. Indeed, the government has prepared a power tender for the purchase of 350 MW of new capacity to come on line in 2018, followed by another tender for supply of an additional 350 MW to come on line in 2019.

The objective of this one-day executive roundtable is to foster dialogue between the government, private sector and civil society over the nation’s energy outlook and opportunities and challenges for maintaining its economic boom in the most sustainable manner possible. How to balance economic growth and energy infrastructure and particularly electric generation requirements will be key areas for discussion. Additionally, panels will debate the role for renewables, energy efficiency and if and where natural gas and LNG will play a part in Panama’s energy matrix. Regional integration will also be assessed both in terms of Central America and the Panama-Colombia interconnection project.


Iván Barría, General Manager, ETESA

Manuel Benítez, Deputy Administrator, Panama Canal Authority

Miguel Bolinaga, General Manager, AES Panama

Eduardo De La Guardia, Country Manager, IC Power

Daniel Kastholm, Regional Group Head – Latin America, Fitch Ratings

Roberto Meana Meléndez, General Administrator, National Public Services Authority (ASEP)

Carlos A. Solé III, Partner, Baker Botts L.L.P.






Akin Gump                  Kanan Overseas


¿Como equilibrar el crecimiento económico y la infraestructura energética?

Fecha: Septiembre 22, 2015
Hora: 8:30 - 9:00am Registro y Café
9:00am – 3:30pm Mesa Redonda
Lugar: Ciudad de Panamá – Panama Marriott Hotel
Contacto: Rita Oliveira

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El evento será en español y cerrado a la prensa

Panama Energy RoundtableEn abril se llevó a cabo la séptima Cumbre de las Américas, en la cual se presenció el histórico apretón de manos entre los Presidentes Obama y Castro. Mientras se reunían los jefes de estado del hemisferio en Panamá, el país continuaba con su prosperidad económica. La inversión extranjera directa creció 32% en el primer trimestre del 2015 y durante los últimos cinco años, la economía de Panamá ha sido la de más rápido crecimiento en la región, con un promedio de 8% al año. Pero este crecimiento anual del PIB también ha incrementado proporcionalmente la demanda de energía. De hecho, el gobierno ha preparado una licitación para la compra de 350MW de potencia nueva para que entre en línea en el 2018, seguida por otra licitación para el suministro de 350MW adicionales para entrar en línea en el 2019.

El propósito de esta mesa redonda ejecutiva de un día es fomentar el diálogo entre el gobierno, el sector privado y la sociedad civil en cuanto al panorama energético del país, así como las oportunidades y retos para mantener su auge económico de la manera más sostenible. ¿Cómo equilibrar el crecimiento económico y la infraestructura energética y en particular, los requerimientos para la generación eléctrica?, serán los temas centrales de las discusiones. Adicionalmente, los paneles debatirán acerca del rol de las energías renovables, la eficiencia energética y si el gas natural y el GNL jugarán un papel en la matriz energética de Panamá, y de qué manera. Se analizará igualmente la integración regional tanto en términos de Centroamérica como el proyecto de interconexión Colombia-Panamá.


Iván Barría, Gerente General, ETESA

Manuel Benítez, Subadministrador, Autoridad de del Canal de Panamá  

Miguel Bolinaga, Gerente General, AES Panamá

Eduardo De La Guardia, Country Manager, IC Power

Daniel Kastholm, Director Regional para América Latina, Fitch Ratings

Roberto Meana Meléndez, Administrador General, Autoridad Nacional de los Servicios Públicos (ASEP)

Carlos A. Solé III, Socio, Baker Botts L.L.P.





Akin Gump                        Kanan Overseas


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