Mexico City, Mexico – On Tuesday, Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department announced its new ambassador to Washington.
Filling a key diplomatic role that has been vacant for five months will be US-based Mexican academic Miguel Basanez. The role was vacated in March when former Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora was nominated to Mexico’s Supreme Court.
Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department says that “Basanez plans to promote the empowerment of the Mexican community” in the United States. He is considered an expert on opinion polling, doing much of his post-graduate education at British universities.
His academic profile includes “assisting in the expansion of democracy in México through the introduction of opinion polling for elections in 1985.” Prior to then, opinion polls were not utilized nor trusted, which was during the 55-year ruling by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). The party lost the presidency in 2000 but regained it in 2012.
Basanez worked for PRI governments prior to moving to the United States. He is currently an assistant professor at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.