President's Forum: An Evening with Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan
New School President Bob Kerrey engages in an informal discussion with Arturo Sarukhan, Mexican ambassador to the United States. They will explore U.S.-Mexican relations, U.S. policy toward Latin America, and other domestic and international issues of interest to both countries.
Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan is a career diplomat. He served as deputy assistant secretary for inter-American affairs and in 1993 was posted to the Mexican Embassy in the United States, where he served first as chief of staff to the ambassador and then as head of the counternarcotics office. He became chief of policy planning at the Foreign Ministry in 2000 and was appointed Mexican consul general to New York City by the president in 2003. In 2006, he resigned his post and took a leave of absence from the Foreign Service to serve as foreign policy advisor and international spokesperson on Felipe Calderón's presidential campaign. After Mr. Calderón's victory, Ambassador Surakhan became coordinator for foreign affairs in the transition team. In November 2006, he received the rank of ambassador, and in February 2007, he was appointed Mexican ambassador to the United States.
Before joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Sarukhan served as executive director of the nongovernmental Bilateral Commission on the Future of United States-Mexican Relations.
Ambassador Sarukhan is active in a number of organizations, including the Mexican Council on Foreign Affairs, the Foreign Policy Association, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. He is a board member of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas and sits on the Ambassadors Advisory Board of the Executive Council on Diplomacy. He has taught at the university level and published articles on foreign policy issues in various journals and magazines. He has been decorated by the governments of Spain and Sweden.
Ambassador Sarukhan holds a BA in International Relations from El Colegio de Mexico and an MA in American Foreign Policy from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University, which he attended as a Fulbright scholar and a Ford Foundation fellow.
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January 1, 2011, Bob Kerrey completed his tenure as seventh President of The New School, a university founded on strong democratic ideals and daring educational practices, an environment that was well suited for his leadership. He also served as New School's President Emeritus from January 1, 2011 to January 31, 2013.
Prior to coming to The New School Bob Kerrey represented Nebraska in the United States Senate. For two terms, Senator Kerrey emphasized the direct connection between citizens and their laws, and made a concerted effort to allow Nebraskans to participate in writing laws that defined the quality and inclusiveness of their health care system, their schools and the safety of their communities. He served on the Senate's Agriculture and Forestry Committee, Senate's Appropriations Committee, Senate's Finance Committee, and last but not least on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence where he worked to restructure our intelligence agencies to improve their capacity to meet the threats faced by our country. Prior to serving in the U.S. Senate Bob Kerrey served a single term as Nebraska's Governor. He established a reputation as a fiscal conservative who regularly crossed political party lines for the good of Nebraska and the Country.
Bob Kerrey served three years in the United States Navy. While in Vietnam, he was wounded, permanently disabled from the injury, and from this injury received a great gift: Sympathy for those who are suffering and an appreciation for the capacity of government to save your life. Before his time in the Navy Bob Kerrey attended the University of Nebraska graduating in January 1966 with a BS degree in pharmacy. He was born in Lincoln and attended public schools there. In 2002 he published a memoir "When I Was A Young Man."
Bob Kerrey is married to Sarah Paley and lives in New York. The couple has a 12-year-old son, Henry, and Mr. Kerrey has two children from his previous marriage, Ben and Lindsey Kerrey, and four grandchildren.
Amb Arturo Sarukhan
A diplomat since 1994, Ambassador Sarukhan has dealt with U.S.-Mexican relations from a wide variety of posts and levels of government. A Fulbright Scholar, Sarukhan holds a Master's in U.S. foreign policy from the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University.