HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — Coastal Carolina University is hosting a lecture series called "Great Decisions in Foreign Policy." Throughout the month of February, various speakers will visit the university to discuss a wide array of topics.
Saturday, the topic is: The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested with Abelardo Rodriguez.
Dr. Abelardo Rodriguez is a professor in Mexico. He and Coastal Carolina University Associate Professor of Politics Richard Kilroy have been friends for many years and together have studied the two countries' relationship.
Gradually things have changed and tensions have risen, Rodriguez said.
“There are different approaches but one consensus now in Mexico in terms of the bi-lateral relationship is that the U.S. also emerges gradually as a threat to Mexico instead of as a partner," he said.
Rodriguez is calling on everyone to gain a better understanding of your neighboring countries.
“We share a continent, not only the border. We share ocean's airspace, we share a lot of values so in that perspective, it's very important to look at a larger view of a very complex problem and a battled relationship," he said.
The professors' research focuses on how to build security cooperation between the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
“How can we work with each other’s countries to recognize the perceptions of threats in each country and be able to provide means of security cooperation to do that," Kilroy said.
The two have traveled not only to each other's classrooms, but to the border and met with government officials.
Both the United States and Mexico have seen changes in leadership in the past few years.
“The concern is with the change in the political administration in our country and now changes in Mexico, is identity would trump.. institutions and interest. That’s our concern about whether there is going to be more or a divergence as opposed to a convergence," Kilroy said.
The lecture series continues Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Johnson Auditorium at Coastal Carolina University. It is free and open to the public.
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