Ambassador (ret.) E. Anthony Wayne

Senior Advisor for International Commercial and Investment Affairs

Washington

Ambassador Wayne has served in a variety of positions, including U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and Argentina, Deputy Ambassador in Afghanistan, and Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, in addition to work on Europe. “Tony” Wayne left the State Department in 2015 as a Career Ambassador, the most senior U.S. diplomatic rank. He is a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Co-Chair of the Mexico Institute’s Board, and a senior non-resident advisor at two other think tanks: the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Atlantic Council. He writes and speaks frequently on international topics.

Ambassador Wayne’s most recent diplomatic posting was as the United States Ambassador to Mexico (2011- 2015). He led a U.S. Mission of 2,700 and helped to establish the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue, the Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council, and new energy and environmental dialogues. During his tenure, higher education cooperation greatly increased through the new U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research as did public security cooperation.

Immediately preceding his time in Mexico, Ambassador Wayne spent two years serving at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan. Arriving in 2009, he was the first Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs, leading a new office created to improve coordination of $4 billion in U.S. non-military assistance, and working with U.S., international and Afghan agencies. He was then named the Deputy U.S. Ambassador.

From 2006 to 2009, Wayne was the United States Ambassador to Argentina. He and his team promoted vigorous public diplomacy, youth engagement, partnership with civil society and businesses and successfully managed government-to-government disagreements.

Before serving in Argentina, Ambassador Wayne was the Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs (EB) for six years. During his tenure, EB played a leading role in reconstruction conferences, building international coalitions to cut off money supporting terrorists, supporting negotiation of major debt relief and economic reform packages, developing trade and investment policy and commercial promotion. He represented the State Department in meetings of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), the U.S. government’s inbound investment screening organization.

Ambassador Wayne has received numerous honors. His last three awards are the Director General’s Cup for the Foreign Service (2017), the State Department’s Charles Cobb Award for Initiative and Success in Trade Development (2015), and Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle (2015).

Publications and Media

An acid test for the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement
Published: August 2022

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Trade is the Key to Building Jobs
Published: March 2022

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Resuming North American leaders summits could accomplish much
Published: November 2021

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The US and Mexico take steps to strengthen ties
Published: September 2021

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Mexico's AMLO presses for victory and country's 'fourth transformation'
Published: June 2021

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A Better Way Forward for Mexico
Published: January 2021

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Biden's team must forge an early national security strategy — and better processes
Published: January 2021

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Enduring problems showcase the need to update US-Mexico security cooperation
Published: August 2020

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TSG Consultant for Mexican affairs and former U.S. ambassador to Mexico E. Anthony Wayne interview on U.S.-Mexico relations.
Published: August 2020

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Conversation including TSG Consultant for Mexican affairs and former U.S. ambassador to Mexico E. Anthony Wayne on the launch of a Report on U.S.-Mexico Relations.
Published: August 2020

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How to make a bad situation much worse: Run from Afghanistan because of the virus
Published: August 2020

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Trump administration sends letter withdrawing U.S. from World Health Organization over coronavirus response
Published: July 2020

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USMCA: Launching a New Phase of Prosperity in North America
Published: June 2020

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Better coordination is key to reenergizing US-Mexico trade
Published: May 2020

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TSG Consultant for International Commercial, Investment and Mexican Affairs Ambassador (ret.) E. Anthony Wayne, discusses trade with Mexico under the new USMCA agreement.
Published: January 2020

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Former US ambassador to Mexico Wayne: Ambush murders show closer US-Mexico cooperation needed to fight crime.
Published: November 2019

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TSG Consultant Ambassador E. Anthony Wayne comments on current challenges for the Afghan peace process.
Published: July 2019

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TSG Consultant Ambassador E. Anthony Wayne joins other former American ambassadors to Mexico in article on plan to levy tariffs on Mexico
Published: June 2019

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TSG Consultant Ambassador E. Anthony Wayne urges diplomacy to solve U.S.-Mexico migration crisis
Published: June 2019

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TSG Consultant and former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico E. Anthony Wayne encourages finalization of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement
Published: May 2019

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