In our latest discussion with Mexico Institute Global Fellow Viridiana Rios, we explore a shifting focus in Mexico from a war on drugs to a battle against corruption. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

Guest

Viridiana Rios is a former Global Fellow with the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and is also Fellow at Harvard's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. A former advisor to Mexico's Ministry of Finance, she is an expert in Mexico’s subnational economy, citizen security and rule of law. She analyzes labor markets, productivity, and development indicators in Mexico, and disentangles how violence, conflict, rule of law, and corruption have affected them. Her career has taken her from positions as public officer and applied researcher, to entrepreneur and journalist. As a public officer, Viridiana has served as adviser to Mexico’s Minister of Finance, and to Mexican President’s Spokesman. As a researcher, she has worked with the Guggenheim Foundation of New York City, the United Nations, USAID, The World Bank, The Center for US-Mexico Studies at the University of California in San Diego, the Trans-border Institute at the University of San Diego, and Mexico’s ministries of social development (SEDESOL), education (SEP), and security (SNSP). As a journalist, she writes a weekly column at Excélsior, a Mexican national newspaper.

Host
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. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.