Mexico News

Latin American Program in the News: Arnson ’76 Edits Book On Postwar Democratization in Latin America

Mar 04, 2013
Director Cynthia Arnson was mentioned for her book, which focuses on the relationship of internal armed conflict to postwar democratization in Latin America, centering on Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.

IVA and Oil Reform – The Expert Take

Mar 04, 2013
Last Saturday’s vote by the PRI party to change its statutes to allow for the application of the value added tax (IVA) to food and medicine, and to allow for increased private participation in the oil sector, significantly improves the prospects for the reform process under Enrique Peña Nieto. This marks an important victory for the reformers within the party, and is a sign that the government now faces minimal internal party divisions that could hold back the reform process.

In the Wake of War: Democratization and Internal Armed Conflict in Latin America

Mar 04, 2013
Examining the cases of Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru, the contributors to this timely edited volume explore how societies undergoing democratization in the aftermath of civil war can become mired in violent crime, poor governance, and illiberal political cultures.

Latin American Program in the News: Was Mexican Billionaire Drug Kingpin El Chapo Killed?

Mar 04, 2013
Associate Director Eric Olson remarked on speculations that Mexican billionaire Drug Kingpin El Chapo Guzmán could have been killed in Guatemala.

Pena Nieto Pushes Mexico’s Ruling Party to End Pemex Monopoly - Mexico Institute in the News

Mar 04, 2013
The so-called “Pact for Mexico,” along with the PRI’s likely passage of rule changes this weekend, give Pena Nieto the momentum needed to push for sweeping reforms, said Duncan Wood of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Mexico’s Arrest of Teachers Union Head Part of a Much Bigger Story - Mexico Institute in the News

Mar 04, 2013
Duncan Wood, director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, said that while a great deal of attention has focused on the arrest’s likely impact on education in Mexico, it is only one part of a larger story about the exercise of power. “It’s not just about education,” he said. “It’s about so much more than that.”

U.S.-Mexico Relations: Through the Eyes of Former Ambassadors

Mar 01, 2013
Few relationships, if any, matter more to the United States than the one it shares with its southern neighbor. Mexico is a vital trading partner, a source of heritage for millions of Americans, a neighbor in an uncertain world, and a partner on numerous global challenges. In this CONTEXT interview, we explore this important relationship through the eyes of former U.S. ambassadors to Mexico.

The life of the "Young and Undocumented" - Mexico Institute in the News (In Spanish)

Feb 28, 2013
Miguel Salazar, Public Affairs Specialist at the Mexico Institute spoke to Voz de America following the event, "Young and Undocumented: The New American Story."

Powerful Mexican Teachers’ Leader Accused of Embezzlement - Mexico Institute in the News

Feb 28, 2013
“Making Mexican education more effective, and making sure that Mexicans receive an education that opens up the possibility of meaningful university and college careers afterwards, will be essential if Mexico is to take advantage of the current economic optimism prevailing in the country, and to use it as a steppingstone to an economy based on skilled labor,” said Duncan Wood, director of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute in Washington.

Elba Esther Gordillo – The Expert Take

Feb 27, 2013
Yesterday’s PGR arrest of Elba Esther Gordillo on charges of embezzlement marks a bold step forward by the Pena Nieto administration to establish its authority and legitimacy in the eyes of the Mexican public, and to send a message to Mexico’s most powerful unions. The arrest comes after the successful passage of an education reform bill through Congress, earning the government plaudits from international observers, who saw it as a much-needed attack on the power of the teachers union, the SNTE, but receiving a skeptical response from many national critics who believed that the government would not follow through with implementation of the new laws.

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