Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), National Action Party (PAN) and Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) representatives will meet today to discuss the upcoming July 1 election and Mexico’s role in the world. The event was organized by the Washington D.C.-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Univisión television channel. In the forum, Rubén Beltrán will represent the PAN; Emilio Lozoya, the PRI, and Jorge Eduardo Navarrete, the PRD.
“This guy has defined the decade,” Alfredo Corchado told the Wilson Center. “He changed the dynamics of trafficking. He was a game changer. Communities have been silenced because of him.” Alfredo Corchado worked on his book "Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent Into Darkness" while a Wilson Center public policy scholar in 2010.
“Look at the example of drugs and weapons smuggling,” Wilson says. “There are drug demand issues on the U.S. side, but there are weapons demand issues on the Mexican side, where there are also rule-of-law issues and violence. The task force sought ways to share responsibility and work together to confront these interconnected problems.”
On September 11th the Mexico Institute welcomed members of the Caravan for Peace and Justice with Dignity to talk about the human dimensions of Mexico’s violence. The founder of the movement and poet Javier Sicilia, victims Aracely Rodriguez and Maria Herrera, Professor Sergio Aguayo, WOLA Executive Director Joy Olson and the Mexico Institute's Associate Director Eric L. Olson spoke. Professor Sergio Aguayo is a member of the Mexico Institute’s Advisory Board and a Professor at El Colegio de Mexico, he offered the following written remarks.
Edited by Xóchitl Bada, Jonathan Fox and Andrew Selee