THE BAKER INSTITUTE AT RICE UNIVERSITY offers a forum where academia, government and commerce can come together to report on, and discuss, current issues of public policy. In 2013, the Institute established a Mexico Center in order to encourage public focus on topics related to Mexico’s place in North America and the world. Energy is one of those topics.
The director of the center is Dr. Tony Payán, whose main research areas focus on legal and illegal flows on the U.S.-Mexico border. The Assistant Director is Erika de la Garza.
On October 31, 2013, a half-day seminar on Mexico’s energy reform was held at the Baker Institute in collaboration with the law firm Haynes Boone; links to the three panels are below.
A team of specialists is being assembled in order to research key developments on the energy sector in Mexico. Currently, the members of this team are George Baker, Miriam Grunstein and Isidro Morales.
The center plans to commission a series of issue briefs and research papers. Under consideration is a workshop for journalists from the NAFTA countries who report on Mexican energy. Also under consideration is the formation of an advisory council.