Arturo Sarukhan

Mexico  |  Senior Advisor , McLarty Associates

Former Ambassador of Mexico to the US

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Arturo Sarukhan served as Mexico’s ambassador to the US from 2007 to 2013. He is currently a senior advisor to McLarty Associates and a non-resident senior fellow in the Foreign Policy and Metropolitan Policy Programs at Brookings Institution. Sarukhan became a member of the Inter-American Dialogue in 2013 and sits on the Board of Directors.

A career diplomat, Sarukhan served for 20 years in the Mexican Foreign Service. In 1991, he first served as deputy assistant secretary for inter-American affairs, and was responsible for Latin American regional coordination mechanisms (Rio Group, G-3, Ibero-American Summit). At that time he was also Mexico’s permanent representative to the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL). In 1993, Sarukhan was posted to the embassy of Mexico in the US, where he served first as chief of staff to the ambassador and then as head of the embassy’s counter narcotics office. In 2000, he was designated chief of policy planning at the Foreign Ministry. He held that post until his appointment as consul general of Mexico in New York City in 2003. Sarukhan took a leave of absence from the foreign service in 2006 to join the presidential campaign of Felipe Calderón, serving as his foreign policy advisor and international spokesperson. He then became coordinator of the foreign policy transition team for then President-elect Calderón. 

During his tenure as Ambassador, Sarukhan oversaw Mexico’s entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, and was named Dean of the Group of Latin American Ambassadors to the US (GRULA).

Sarukhan received the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit of the Kingdom of Spain and the insignia of Commander of the Order of the Polar Star of the Kingdom of Sweden. He was presented with the B’nai B’rith Excellence in Diplomacy Award in 2010.

Sarukhan earned a BA in international relations from Colegio de México and an MA in US foreign policy from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar and Ford Foundation Fellow. He has taught at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), the National Defense College, the Inter-American Defense College, and the National Defense University of the United States.

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