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Texas A&M University
Wiley Lecture Series hosts "Globalization Goes South"
News Release
Thursday, April 07, 2011

The program on economics and corruption in South and Central America is the highlight of the 2011 Memorial Student Center’s Wiley Lecture Series.

Program organizers say that, while the economies of many South and Central American countries have improved by leaps and bounds over the last 30 years, this rapid rise has been accompanied by myriad illicit activities. Increased technology and industry compounded with decreased barriers to trade have presented a unique set of circumstances in which drugs, counterfeiting and trafficking are a profitable reality, they note.

An expert on Latin American affairs and relations with the United States, Fox served as President of Mexico 2000-2006. Earlier in his career, Fox was a leading businessman, serving as the president of Coca-Cola for all of Latin America before going into politics. Experts agree economic prosperity and viability as a regional player increased in Mexico under his watch.

Naím served as Venezuela’s Minister of Trade from 1989 to 1990 and is currently a writer and a journalist. He has also served as an executive director of World Bank, the editor-in-chief of the award-winning Foreign Policy magazine. Additionally, he is the author of the best-selling book “Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy.” He is widely considered an expert on globalization and its unintended consequences.

More information about “Globalization Goes South” can be found at Tickets are available at the MSC Box Office on the first floor of Rudder Tower or online at Regular adult tickets are $20. Student tickets are $15.

For more information about “Globalization Goes South,” contact Wiley Lecture at (979) 845-1514 or at

WHO: Vicente Fox, President of Mexico 2000-2006, and Moises Naím, Venezuela’s former minister of trade

WHAT: will speak at Texas A&M’s Wiley Lecture “Globalization Goes South”

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday (April 8)

WHERE: in Rudder Auditorium

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