Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Secretary José Antonio Meade confirmed the proposal of Tufts academic Miguel Basáñez as Mexico’s newest ambassador to the United States on Tuesday.
“He is a person who is recognized, not only in Mexico but also in the United States,” stated Secretary Meade during a press release. “He is deeply knowledgeable of the bilateral relationship.”
“We are sure it will allow us to increase the dialogue with the government of President Obama.”
The announcement was made following an inordinately long five month period in which the placement has remained technically unoccupied after Eduardo Medina-Mora had resigned to become Justice of Mexico’s Supreme Court in March this year. Since then, diplomat and novelist Alejandro Estivill has been chargé d’affaires until Dr. Basáñez is officially designated.
A seasoned expert in opinion polling, Basáñez holds a Masters in Political Philosophy and a Doctorate in Political Sociology, both from the London School of Economics. He has been adjunct professor with Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Massachusetts since 2008. He is also credited with helping expand democracy by “introducing opinion polling for elections in 1985” according to his academic profile page.
Currently residing in Boston, he holds an extensive résumé of work in both academia and the State of Mexico government. His area of academic interest focuses on cultural values and how they affect “political, economic, and social development.”
Following the next step in his designation as Mexican Ambassador to the United States, Secretary Meade has sent the proposal for ratification in the bicameral legislature.