SPEAKING ON: Mexico alone is consistently among the U.S.’ top four trading partner countries in the world. The region is a major source of jobs and commerce for the U.S., including in such key areas as crude oil, precious metals, and agricultural products. However, in the past few years, the region experienced extreme economic challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the deepening global inflation is threatening to complicate its economic recovery going forward.
Ambassador P. Michael Mckinley
Former U.S. Ambassador to Peru, Colombia, Afghanistan, & Brazil
Over the course of a 37-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Ambassador P. Michael McKinley (ret.) led some of the largest embassies in the world as the US Ambassador to Peru (2007-2010), Colombia (2010-2013), Afghanistan (2014-2016), and Brazil (2017-2018). His last posting was as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State until his resignation in October 2019. He worked on development, trade, and investment issues across his career and had extensive experience with regional conflicts and peace negotiations across three decades on three continents.
Ambassador McKinley joined the US Foreign Service in 1982. Earlier assignments included Bolivia, the United Kingdom, and postings as deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affaires in Mozambique, Uganda, Belgium, and at the U.S. Mission to the European Union. He served as deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Population, Migration, and Refugees from 2001-2004 in the aftermath of 9/11.
Ambassador McKinley graduated from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom and earned a Ph.D. from Oxford University. He is the author of an acclaimed study of colonial Venezuelan history which was published by Cambridge University Press. His articles on foreign policy and U.S. politics have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, the Financial Times, and other publications.