Vicente Fox

My girlfriend scored a couple of tickets through her law school to go see Vicente Fox, the former President of Mexico, speak at the World Affairs Council of Oregon last night at the Schnitz. I must admit that I’m fairly ignorant of Latin American politics. However, my girl is a whiz in international politics (being her focus of study and having spent two years in Guatemala), and got me up to speed fairly quickly.
The Foxes

Fox was a very engaging and interesting speaker. He talked about the recent history of Mexico (they’ve only recently emerged out of decades of a corrupt single party rule), how far they’ve come (abject poverty has been significantly decreased in the last decade), and how far they need to go (the country is still behind in wages, and is a pass-thru for the major drug producing countries in the south as they deliver drugs to the U.S. – one of the world’s largest drug-buying markets.)

He also had some interesting things to say about immigration, and warned that in the modern economy, isolationism simply doesn’t work any more. It was a very interesting speech.

Afterwords, there was a small-ish reception that we also were granted access to. Free beer, wine, and food from Elephant’s deli. Rockin’.

2 Comments so far

  1. daaaaave on March 20th, 2008 @ 12:47 pm

    Sounds like this was the "Vicente Fox Promotes His Legacy" tour.

    Was Martita there?

  2. tenstringesquire (port_bill) on March 20th, 2008 @ 3:40 pm

    Yes. Marta was there, as well.

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