Whereas high homicide rates are common side-effects of drug conflicts throughout Latin America, Mexico has caught the world’s attention due to the brutality that has come to dominate cartel tactics. Despite the widespread assumption that organized crime belongs to a completely different category of threat, it has become clear that brutal violence in Mexico has many similarities to terrorism tactics. In this analysis of Mexican cartels, Antonio Sampaio cites Eric Olson’s report entitled “Considering New Strategies for Confronting Organized Crime in Mexico.”
Mexicans went to the polls yesterday to choose a new president. The official preliminary vote count handed a victory to Enrique Pena Nieto. Diane and her guests discuss the outcome of the Mexico presidential election. Eric Olson senior adviser on US-Mexico Security for the Woodrow Wilson Center's Mexico Institute is a guest.
The possibility of a PRI victory had worried many observers and politicians in the United States. In this article though, Andrew Selee—director of the Mexico Institute—says that it will make surprisingly little difference for the U.S.-Mexico relationship. This is largely a tribute to how deeply interdependent the two countries are today, as well as the ways in which Mexican society has evolved over the past two decades.
Christopher Wilson, Program Associate of the Mexico Institute, appeared on CSPAN’s Washington Journal this morning to talk about all three candidates in the election, why they placed as they did, and what Enrique Pena Nieto’s victory means for Mexico and for the U.S.
Mexico's old guard sailed back into power after a 12-year hiatus Sunday as the official preliminary vote count handed a victory to Enrique Pena Nieto, whose party was long accused of ruling the country through corruption and patronage. Mexico Institute's Eric Olson comments.
Despite a history of anti-Americanism, the Institutional Revolutionary Party's win in Mexico's Presidential elections Sunday is not likely to dramatically alter U.S.-Mexico relations, Andrew Selee writes for CNN.com.
For the commander-in-chief of Mexico's U.S.-backed drug war to suggest he has not provided enough security to live in his country is a stunning revelation. This article looks at general public attitudes towards the outgoing administration and the incoming PRI administration. "Pena Nieto essentially proposes much the same policies that Calderon himself has endorsed," said Andrew Selee, Director of Mexico the Institute. "But in the case of PRI, they promise to get things done."
Texas lawmakers are concerned that the PRI will revive its tainted past, which included reports of corruption and deal-making with criminal elements. In an overview of the race, Eric Olson, Associate Director of the Mexico Institute, said that the question on most people’s minds was whether Peña Nieto could overcome his party’s tainted legacy and “usher in a new era with a reformed PRI capable of tackling the issues of corruption and inefficient government, security and violence, and economic under-performance that have vexed other parties as well.”
Unlike the past two elections this one has not stirred passions...The Mexico Institute's Eric Olson comments on NPR's Weekend Edition.
Joining Inside Story Americas to discuss this are guests: Christopher Wilson, a program associate at the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center; Mark Weisbrot, the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research; and Camilo Perez Bustillo, a Human Rights research professor in Mexico City.