Alejandro Poiré, secretary of the National Security Council and security spokesperson for Mexico, will speak on the topic of Mexico's national public safety strategy.
In August 2010, Mexican President Felipe Calderón appointed Poiré to the position of secretary of the National Security Council and to the Cabinet. Prior to that, Poiré served as Deputy Secretary for Population, Migration and Religious Affairs at the Ministry of the Interior where he also was chief of staff and lead adviser to the minister.
From 2007 to 2008, Poiré was director of political analysis in the Office of the President. Previously, he was adviser to the National Institute of Statistics on the creation of the first National Survey on Political Culture and Citizenship Practices.
From 2003 to 2005, Poiré was a senior official in Mexico's Electoral Institute, the independent electoral management body that organizes Mexico's elections.
Poiré is the author of "Towards Mexico's Democratization: Parties, Campaigns, Elections, and Public Opinion" and "Mexico's Pivotal Democratic Election." Poiré holds a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University and is a professor and chair of the Political Science Department at Mexico's Autonomous Technological Institute.
The event is sponsored by the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the Office of Graduate Studies, the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the College of Liberal Arts.