The World Affairs Council and VSB Welcomed Former Mexican President Vicente Fox to Analyze Latin America’s Role on the Global Playing Field

VILLANOVA, Pa., April 5, 2017–The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the Villanova School of Business (VSB) hosted a panel of experts to discuss “Latin America’s Role in 2017 and Beyond” as a part of a Global Stability & Insecurity Series this month.

This event featured key note speaker Vicente Fox, the former President of Mexico, who shared his views about US-Mexico relations, immigration, trade and the “war on drugs.” Fox was president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006 and has recently shared strong views regarding the state of American politics. In his speech, he emphasized the importance of creating globalized understanding. “What we need to do is build bridges of understanding, strengthen the exchange of knowledge, trade, build human capital instead of expensive walls that will not meet their goal,” said Fox.  

The panel of experts, including Jonathan Doh, PhD, Herbert G. Rammrath Endowed Chair in International Business and the Faculty Director, Center for Global Leadership, discussed Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela. They focused on how each country is navigating its unique set of problems and promises. Topics ranged from corruption and collapsing economies to peace negotiations and protests.

“We are honored to have such an important event here at Villanova. During this crucial time in our nation, we are fortunate to hear about the state of our global relations from these esteemed figures. At Villanova, we believe it is critical to discuss these issues that impact our world,” said Jonathan Doh, PhD.

This event was sponsored by the Center for Global Leadership, VSB, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students were invited to attend in order to allow them the opportunity to hear from these world-class professionals.

“Hearing from experts, including the former President of Mexico, allows our students to expand their knowledge of the problems in our world today. We place importance on exposing VSB students to these issues in order to foster awareness of how they can positively impact the world,” said Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, The Helen and William O’Toole Dean of VSB.

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) undergraduate program is ranked #1 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers or Institutes of Excellence (the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Marketing & Consumer Insights, the Center for Church Management & Business Ethics and the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Institute) with each center and institute designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business faculty. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit


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