About the Mexico Institute

The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by José Antonio Fernández Carbajal and Roger W. Wallace, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute.

The Institute maintains an ongoing focus on five key issues in U.S.-Mexico relations:

The Latest from the Mexico Institute

Mexico’s Energy Reforms Become Law

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Aug 15, 2014
On August 11, 2014, President Peña Nieto signed into law the 21 component parts of a comprehensive energy reform. Eight months after introducing constitutional amendments to radically transform Mexico’s hydrocarbon and electricity sectors, private investors and Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) can leave the starting gate. Read the latest article by Diana Negroponte, a member of Mexico Institute's Advisory Council more

Mexico's Energy Reform: The Timeline

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Aug 14, 2014
The Mexico Institute charts the course of the energy reform beginning in 2012, when Enrique Peña Nieto, then-Candidate for the Mexican Presidency, made the commitment to reform the energy sector by 2015. The end goal of this reform is to make the energy industry more competitive and to drive Mexico’s economic growth more

Mexico’s Energy Reform: entering the final phase - The Expert Take

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Aug 13, 2014
On Monday August 11, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto enacted the secondary legislation of the energy reform, composed of 9 new laws and amendments to 12 existing ones. With this action, a new chapter in the economic development of Mexico begins in which the private sector will be allowed to invest in various areas related to the exploration for and exploitation of natural resources such as oil and gas. more

Energy Reform Series - The Expert Take

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Aug 13, 2014
Read two articles and a timeline about Mexico's Energy Reform. First, a piece written by Jesús Reyes Heroles on energy reform and democracy. Second, Pedro Valenzuela and Duncan Wood assess the energy reform and its process following the enactment of the secondary legislation. more

Energy Reform and Democracy - The Expert Take

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Aug 13, 2014
Despite its technical complexity and the political differences associated with the energy reform, the process that has been carried out to materialize it is unprecedented in Mexico. The constitutional reform, absolutely necessary to detonate real and profound change, achieved its goal, but it unfortunately left pending the “pulling out” of Pemex and the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) from the Expenditure Budget of the Federation (PEF), which would have taken away the regulatory and normative straightjacket that represents a competitive disadvantage. more

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