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Arturo Sarukhan

Ambassador, Mexican Foreign Service

Arturo Sarukhan

Residency: Nov. 3–12, 2014

Public Talk: Nov. 5, 2014 on “Defining Mexico’s Role in the Global Economy”

Research Interests

  • Pacific Alliance and Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • Soft power and public diplomacy in the Americas


Arturo Sarukhan is a career diplomat and ambassador in the Mexican Foreign Service, serving six of his 20 years as the Mexican ambassador to the United States (2007 – 2013). He is currently a non-resident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, a distinguished diplomat in residence at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a distinguished visiting professor at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School.

The former consul general of Mexico in New York City, Ambassador Sarukhan held numerous positions in Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including chief of policy planning. He was posted at the Mexico Embassy in the U.S. and played a key role during the outset of negotiations with Congress over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Ambassador Sarukhan has undertaken various activities and positions beyond the scope of the Mexican Foreign Service, working as foreign policy advisor and international spokesperson for the 2006 presidential campaign of Felipe Calderon. He is a board member of the Inter-American Dialogue, the Americas Society and the National Immigration Forum, among others.

During his residency, Ambassador Sarukhan will explore the deepening North American geostrategic architecture, the current Pacific Alliance and Trans-Pacific Partnership, and soft power, public diplomacy and state branding in the Americas.


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Interview: Part 1

Interview: Part 2