With just three days out of office, former Mexican President Felipe Calderón is already in U.S. territory. He will take residence in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is planning to spend most of 2013 as a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University.
Calderón and his wife Margarita Zavala traveled in economy class, as reported by Mexican daily Reforma, and landed at Newark Liberty Airport, in northern New Jersey, Tuesday afternoon.
They were received by Carlos Sada, Consul of Mexico in New York.
According to the Kennedy School, Calderón will be the first participant in a specially endowed fellowship for government leaders leaving office. The former president will lecture, write, meet with students and professors and develop case studies based on his six-year term in office.
Calderón's term was marked by his escalation of a militarized government offensive against drug cartels, which unleashed waves of violence that left at least 47,500 Mexicans dead before his administration stopped releasing figures last year.
He also oversaw steady economic growth after a 2009 slump linked to the global economic crash, and the Kennedy School praised Calderón for free-market policies that boosted the economy.
With reporting by The Associated Press.