So many gangsters, so little time. Though President Felipe Calderon's five-year campaign has nailed dozens of crime bosses, many of Mexico's kingpins remain at large.
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.
No doubt about it, 2010 was not a good year for Mexico. After setting new records for cartel-related violence, it’s hard to imagine 2011 could be much worse. While reversing this trend will be extremely difficult, here are three things the Mexican and U.S. governments can do to help make this a better year for Mexico and, by extension, the United States.
U.S. Border Patrol Fires at Rock Throwers in Mexico, and Three Have Died-Mexico Institute in the News
The Mexico Institute's Christopher Wilson has been quoted in an article detailing how U.S. Border agents have repeatedly fired across the border at rock-throwing Mexicans in the last two years. Three people have died, including a teenager this week...
The Woodrow Wilson Center, together with the Migration Policy Institute and the Manhattan Institute, recently launched the Independent Task Force on Immigration and America's Future, chaired by the Hon. Lee H. Hamilton and former Senator Spencer Abraham. Several publications for the study are now available.
Taking advantage of the once-every-twelve-year phenomenon of simultaneous presidential elections in the United States and Mexico, a binational group of top opinion leaders and policymakers were convened by the Wilson Center and The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands to craft a new agenda for U.S.-Mexico relations. Throughout three days of intensive discussion, a series of fresh ideas and recommendations for a stronger bilateral partnership emerged and now form the contents of this report.