Mexico and North America: The Agenda for the New Administration

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Mexico and North America: The Agenda for the New Administration

Monday, 21 January 2013 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Venue: 
Fellow’s Dining Room, Hilda Besse Building, St Antony’s College
Speaker(s): 
Ambassador Alejandro Estivill (Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Relations)
Convenor: 
Dr Halbert Jones
Series: 
North American Studies Seminar Series

Alejandro Ives Estivill Castro is a Mexican Diplomat and novelist. He specializes in Mexican literature of the 20th Century. He holds a BA in Hispanic Literature from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and a PhD. in Literature from El Colegio de México.

He participated in the workshop that would originate the Crack Movement in 1999, and with authors Jorge Volpi, Ignacio Padilla and others published Variations of a Faulkner Theme, book that won the National Story Prize that same year. He has taught at Harvard and Mexico’s Technological Institute (ITESM) and written numerous articles, related both to culture and international relations.

After his entrance into the Foreign Service in 1993, he has served as special advisor to the Secretary of Foreign Relations, Political Affairs Attaché for the Mexican Embassy in Costa Rica, Chief of Staff for the Undersecretary of Foreign Relations Enrique Berruga, Director General for Cultural Affairs and Director General for North American Affairs. He currently holds the position of Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Mexico in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

On June 1, 2012, President Felipe Calderón appointed him Ambassador of Mexico.