Under 35s Forum Briefing: Admiral Carlos Ortega Muñiz on Mexican Defence and Security

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Mexico is the fifteenth largest economy and a major cultural hub in the world. It plays a key role in the global agenda, particularly on international issues such as climate change, migration and trade policy, as well as in its bi-lateral partnership with the United States.

Three years into his administration, President Enrique Pena Nieto has executed an ambitious programme of structural reform and modernisation in Mexico and has made significant inroads in the drug war through the capture of various high-profile cartel leaders. However, Mexico's security forces are now plagued by the rise of smaller but more violent and unpredictable cartels, as well as confrontations with its citizen militias and an increasing number of cyberattacks.

Here to discuss the Mexican domestic security landscape and regional defence challenges, as well as global security threats such as cyber crime and weapons proliferation, the RUSI Under 35s Forum is delighted to welcome Admiral Carlos Ortega Muñiz for a private roundtable discussion this Autumn. There will be a drinks reception afterwards.

To register for this event, please click the 'book now' button above, or alternatively contact Hannah Croft, the Under 35s Forum Chair, at HannahC@rusi.org.

Admiral  Carlos Ortega Muñiz  is the alternate permanent representative to the IMO and Minister to the Embassy of Mexico. He joined the Mexican Navy in 1971, graduated in 1977 as an engineer, and was promoted to Admiral in November 2014. He has served in various naval vessels in a wide range of naval positions, completing 15 years of effective sea duty. His shore assignments include: Navy Weapons Directorate, Naval Strategic Planning Commission, Navy Public Relations Directorate; served as faculty member of the Navy Enlisted and NCO Training Center, Mexican Naval Academy, Naval Higher Studies Center. Admiral Ortega has served the Naval General Staff; was Naval Attaché in Israel (2002-2004) and created the Naval Intelligence Unit, an ad hoc organization to fight non-traditional national security threats in Mexico. He holds a PhD in National Defense and Security.

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