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Ambassador Andrés Rozental of Mexico Joins Brookings

April 25, 2007

Ambassador Andrés Rozental, chairman of the board of trustees and immediate past president of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations, joined the Brookings Institution as a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program, Strobe Talbott announced.

Rozental joins Brookings after a long and distinguished career in the Mexican Foreign Service. Having been appointed his country’s youngest ever career ambassador in 1979, Rozental went on to be Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador to Sweden, Deputy Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the United Kingdom. In 1994 he was appointed a lifetime Eminent Ambassador of Mexico.

In the course of his diplomatic career, Ambassador Rozental worked on many multilateral and bilateral foreign policy issues, with special emphasis on US-Mexico relations, the United Nations, migration and international governance reform. Since taking early retirement in 1997, he has advised the last two Presidents of Mexico on international affairs, and was President Fox’s Special Envoy for the peace process in Colombia and Mexico’s successful UN Security Council candidacy in 2001.

Rozental has been actively involved in various governmental and non-governmental institutions. He is a Member of the Inter American Dialogue, served on the Board of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and founded Mexico’s first and so far only independent study forum on global issues. He is the author of four books on Mexican foreign policy and of numerous articles on international affairs.

“Andrés brings an unparalleled combination of hemispheric knowledge and diplomatic experience,” said Carlos Pascual, vice president and director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. “His professional skill and extraordinary leadership will be essential assets to help guide the Brookings Institution as we assess whether and how to renew our in-depth engagement in Latin America.”

Rozental will work with the Foreign Policy Studies Program at Brookings to recommend substantive areas in which the Brookings Institution can add unique value and insight and improve the quality and impact of U.S. policy toward Latin America. In turn, Rozental will help gather and convey invaluable perspectives on Latin American attitudes toward the United States on the key political, economic and security issues in the region. Rozental has been involved in several Brookings projects in the past, including The Future of North American Integration (2002), International perspectives on the use of force and legitimacy in international relations (2006), Creating an L-20 Summit Forum (2006) and Cuba’s Transition after Castro (2007)


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