In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we speak with Duncan Wood, director of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, about the upcoming inauguration of Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador.  Even after a bumpy ride during the post-election transition period, expectations remain relatively high. What immediate challenges will AMLO face after his swearing-in? Can he get off to a fast start, and how will U.S.-Mexico relations change when he takes office?


Duncan Wood, director of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, is a “North American citizen,” lecturing and publishing widely in the United States, Mexico and Canada on intracontinental issues and relations, with a primary focus on U.S.-Mexican ties. He regularly gives testimony to the U.S. Congress on U.S.-Mexico relations, is a widely quoted source on Mexican energy politics and has published widely on this and other issues.  He is the author or editor of 10 books and more than 30 chapters and articles. He is currently a regular participant in the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Energy, an editorial advisor to El Universal newspaper, and is a member of the editorial board of Foreign Affairs Latinoamerica. From 1996-2012 he was a professor and the director of the International Relations Program at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) in Mexico City for 17 years. In 2007, he was a non-resident Fulbright Fellow and, between 2007 and 2009, he was technical secretary of the Red Mexicana de Energia, a group of experts in the area of energy policy in Mexico. He has been a member of the Mexican National Research System, an editorial advisor to both Reforma, a Senior Associate with the Simon Chair and the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. He studied in the UK and Canada, receiving his PhD in political studies from Queen’s University, Canada, and is a recipient of the Canadian Governor General’s Visit Award for contributions to the Mexico-Canada relationship.


John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming.