Few observers can put Mexico's growing list of challenges into sharper perspective than Vicente Fox, who served as the nation's president from 2000 to 2006.
Appearing at a special Milken Institute Forum, Fox addressed not only the current breakdown of law and order, but also the need to promote long-term economic development in Mexico. A proponent of globalization and economic integration, he discussed the dynamics of free trade and immigration, along with the recent impact of the global recession.
Elected president of Mexico in 2000, Fox became the first opposition candidate in 71 years to defeat the powerful PRI party. True to his roots in rural Guanajuato, he maintained his signature cowboy style — and a reputation for outspokenness — during his six years as head of state.
After earning a degree in business administration from Ibero-American University in Mexico City, Fox enjoyed a successful career as a business executive with the Coca-Cola Company. He entered politics in 1988, and became governor of Guanajanto state in 1995.
A charismatic speaker, Fox has written an autobiography that chronicles his time in office, his interactions with world leaders and his hopes for Mexico's future. "Revolution of Hope: The Life, Faith and Dreams of a Mexican President" was released in 2007.