Mexico and U.S. National Security Concerns Conference

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The Fletcher Club of New York “Mexico and U.S. National Security Concerns

Date and Location
Wed., March 30, 2011 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen building
20 West 44th Street, NY


Francisco Acuna, CEO of InTrust Global Investment was invited by the President of the Fletcher Club in New York to moderate the Panel “Mexico and U.S. Security Concerns. The other participantes included:

  • Ambassador Donald Planty: U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala (1996-99); instrumental in facilitating the historic 1996 Peace Accords ending four decades of internal conflict; a 30-year veteran of the U.S. diplomatic service; expert on Latin American affairs and European security issues; worked in Panama, Chile, Mexico, Norway, Italy and Spain. Formerly Chair of the International Relations Program at the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University (2008-10);currently Managing Director of The Emergence Group, an international consulting firm based in Washington, D. C.
  • Anthony Chapa: Served as Assistant Director, Office of Professional Responsibility, U.S. Secret Service; developed policy for internal security of all Secret Service programs, divisions and offices; served as Deputy Assistant Director, Chief Technology Officer, overseeing the agency’s threat and vulnerability assessment activities and evaluation, implementation of technology based protective countermeasures. Law Enforcement Attaché, U.S. Embassy, Bogota Colombia. Currently, Director of Law Enforcement Operations at Special Operations Technology [SOTECH]; provides advanced communications technologies used to investigate major international criminal organizations in support of U.S. Law Enforcement global efforts.
  • Jaime Lopez-Aranda Trewartha: consultant, analyst on national security, law enforcement and criminal justice issues; Professor at National Institute of Criminal Justice Sciences (INACIPE); Associated Professional at Center for Research for Development (CIDAC); works as consultant for the Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB) of Mexico on organized crime and drug trafficking intelligence analysis. Previously, Director General for Public Affairs, Ministry of Public Security of Mexico, Director General for Local Media in Executive Office of the President of Mexico and a Foreign Policy Advisor in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico; frequent commentator and contributor to a number of print and electronic media outlets in Latin America and Europe.

The discussion included the recent economic and security challenges that both Mexico and the U.S. face as a region.

Moderator: Francisco Acuna: CEO, InTrust Global Investments, Wash., DC with offices in NY, Mexico; wrote book about Mexico’s constitutional controversies and democracy. Founder of INDI Fund, the first Clean Energy Indigenous Fund for Latin America; awarded with the Beyond Banking Awards as the best initiative for Latin America by the Inter American Development Bank.

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