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.
On Sunday, polls suggest that voters will return the party to power by electing Enrique Peña Nieto, the PRI candidate, as president. But Mexico has changed dramatically since the PRI last ruled, and it isn’t going to change back. Cites Mexico: A Middle Class Society, a report by Luis de la Calle and Luis Rubio, published by the Mexico Institute.
Andrew Selee, Vice President for Programs and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute, appeared on NPR’s “To the Point” with Warren Olney to talk about the upcoming Mexican elections.
For much of the twentieth century, Mexico was considered to be the leader in Latin American science. Yet although the country still has pockets of research excellence, Mexico's GERD per GDP now ranks among the very lowest in the world's top 40 economies. Andrew Selee, Vice President for Programs and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute, comments.
This post recommends four possible counter-violence strategies, and cites Associate Director of the Mexico Institute Eric Olson’s recent report when it suggests that the Mexican government could target the most violent trafficking groups.