Presentation: The Importance of Getting U.S.-Mexico Relations Right
Angelo State University will present Earl Anthony “Tony” Wayne, former U.S. ambassador to Mexico, as the featured speaker for the 2019 E. James Holland-Roy A. Harrell Jr. Foreign Affairs Speakers Program on Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.
Wayne’s presentation, titled “The Importance of Getting U.S.-Mexico Relations Right,” will begin at 6 p.m. in the University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center and is open free to the public.
Wayne has served in a wide variety of positions during his career, including as U.S. ambassador to Mexico and Argentina, deputy ambassador in Afghanistan, assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs, and principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Europe. He has successfully led complex organizations and teams in Washington, D.C., and overseas, working to develop and implement policies involving countries around the world to solve problems and create opportunities across economic, political, security and public diplomacy issues.
Additionally, Wayne has served as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Mission to the European Union, director for Western Europe at the National Security Council, and director for regional affairs at the U.S. State Department’s Counter-Terrorism Office, among others. He left the State Department in 2015 as a Career Ambassador, the most senior U.S. diplomatic rank.
Since leaving the State Department, Wayne consults and speaks on international and management issues. He currently works as a Public Policy Fellow and co-chair of the Mexico Institute’s Board at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, as well as a non-executive director on the Financial System Risk Advisory Committee of HSBC Latin America. He writes and speaks frequently on international topics, including Mexico, NAFTA, Afghanistan, trans-Atlantic relations and trade.
Among numerous honors and awards, Wayne has received the Director General’s Cup for the Foreign Service, Order of the Aztec Eagle, Charles Cobb Award for Initiative and Success in Trade Development, International House “Global Ambassador of Peace and Public Service,” Presidential Meritorious Service Award, and Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service
Wayne holds master’s degrees from Harvard University, Princeton University and Stanford University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkley. He and his wife of 40 years have two children and multiple grandchildren.
The E. James Holland-Roy A. Harrell Jr. Foreign Affairs Speakers Program is dedicated to providing ASU students and the community with a broader worldview and exposing students to potential career opportunities in the Foreign Service. The program is sponsored by the ASU College of Arts and Humanities.