Armand B. Peschard-Sverdrup
Armand Peschard-Sverdrup is CEO of the boutique consulting firm Peschard Sverdrup International, as well as a senior associate (non-resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He is a well-known expert on Mexico with an extensive network of in-country contacts. Prior to founding his consulting firm, he served for 15 years with the CSIS Americas Program, directing the Mexico Project. Peschard-Sverdrup has briefed high-level officials from all three North American governments, including President Enrique Peña Nieto during his trips to Washington, D.C. (as governor in July 2008 and as president-elect in December 2012); Ambassador Michael Wilson, Canada’s ambassador to the United States and former finance minister in advance of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s first trip to Mexico in 2009; President Felipe Calderón prior to his meeting with President-elect Obama in January 2009; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton prior to her trip to Mexico in March 2009; and Tom Ridge, White House director for homeland security, prior to his first trip to Mexico in 2002; among others. Peschard-Sverdrup has also testified before the U.S. and Mexican Congresses and regularly briefs corporate officers who have business interests in Mexico, as well as scholars at research institutes throughout North America. His last CSIS publications, before founding his consulting firm, included The Future of North America, 2025: Outlook and Recommendations, editor (CSIS, 2008); and Mexican Governance: From Single-Party Rule to Divided Government, coeditor (CSIS, 2005). Peschard-Sverdrup has been a guest lecturer at the Mexican Advanced Area Studies Seminar at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State; the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.; and the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, Ontario.