Mexico's Democratic Challenges: Politics, Government and Society

Event Co-sponsors

11:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Welcoming Remarks and Overview of the Book
Jacqueline Peschard, President, Federal Institute for Access to Information;Andrew Selee, Director, Mexico Institute

11:30 a.m.- 12:45 p.m. Keynote Speaker
José Woldenberg, former President of Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute and Editor of NEXOS
Presented by:
Lázaro Cárdenas, former Governor of Michoacán and Senior Fellow, WOLA

Lunch Served

1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Roundtable: Where is Mexico's Democracy Today?
María Amparo Casar, Professor, CIDE; Co-host of "Primer Plano," Channel 11; Alejandro Moreno, Professor, ITAM and Public Opinion Editor, Reforma; Jacqueline Peschard, President, Federal Institute for Access to Information
Moderated by:
Arturo Alvarado, Fellow, National Endowment for Democracy; Professor, El Colegio de México

This seminar is also the launch of the book Mexico's Democratic Challenges (Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Stanford University Press, 2010), co-edited by Andrew Selee and Jacqueline Peschard, with a prologue by José Woldenberg and chapters by Alejandro Moreno, Jean-Francois Prud'homme, John Ackerman, María Amparo Casar, Jonathan Fox and Libby Haight, Raúl Benítez, Tonatiuh Guillén, José Ramón Cossío, David Ayón, Rodolfo Stavenhagen, Mariclaire Acosta, Roberto Blancarte, and Jesús Silva-Herzog Márquez.


  • Andrew Selee

    Former Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute
    President, Migration Policy Institute
  • Eric L. Olson

    Director of the Central America-D.C. Platform, Seattle International Foundation
  • Jacqueline Peschard

    Mexico Institute-Comexi Short-term Scholar
  • Lázaro Cárdenas Batel

    Board Member
    Former Governor of Michoacán, Mexico
  • Alejandro Moreno

    Public Policy Scholar
    Professor of Political Science, Instituto Tecnologico de Mexico (ITAM)
  • Arturo Alvarado Mendoza

    Mexico Institute-Comexi Short-term Scholar
    Professor at El Colegio de México, Mexico City
  • María Amparo Casar

    Professor, CIDE and Commentator, Canal 11