One Month Out: New Perspectives on the 2018 Mexican Election

On July 1, 2018, Mexicans go to the polls to pick a new President and a new Congress. Throughout the campaign, there has been a clear front-runner, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), who on his third attempt to win the presidency appears to have cracked the code on how to convince Mexico’s voters that he offers an opportunity for positive change rather than a threat. AMLO’s Morena party may also be heading towards a congressional majority, raising the possibility that he will be able to enact an ambitious legislative agenda.

Mexico's Diaspora Electorate

Elections in Mexico can produce perplexing situations: “se cayó el sistema;” “voto por voto, casilla por casilla.” In the Mexican diaspora, elections create paradoxes of their own.

Mexican Presidential Candidate Series: A Conversation with Carlos Manuel Urzúa Macías

The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and the Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center are pleased to invite you to a conversation with Dr. Carlos Manuel Urzúa Macías on fiscal policy and economic development in Mexico. This event is the fourth in our 2018 election series featuring advisers to Mexico's top presidential candidates.

The Normality of Insecurity

The world changes when people accustom themselves to the unacceptable, when they see as natural what is not, such as insecurity. Instead of protesting, exacting, and demanding the construction of a security system that attends to the needs and interests of the citizenry, we Mexicans are becoming accustomed to living under the yoke of organized crime in its diverse variants. The government, in fact, the various governments of recent decades, have been incapable of providing a solution and have ended up as defeated and accommodating as everyone else.

A New Game

Two weeks after the first presidential debate, its expansive waves continue to shake the electoral waters. The polls published this week are evidence of the impact the post-debate has in vote intentions.

1.) According to www.oraculus.mx, AMLO maintains leadership and has a 16-point advantage. Nevertheless, the Morena coalition suffers unrest derived from the candidate’s poor performance in the debate, which showed his vulnerability.

Mexican Presidential Candidate Series: A Conversation with Salomón Chertorivski

Please Note: This event took place at the Atlantic Council.

How would a government led by Ricardo Anaya Cortés navigate trade and the broader U.S.-Mexico relationship at this pivotal moment?

'Hate Speech' in Nigeria’s Elections

What impact does “hate speech” have on peacebuilding activities during and after elections in Nigeria and other African nations? How is this type of rhetoric dealt with in the US and elsewhere and what are the lessons to be learned from those experiences?  Southern Voices Network Scholar Olusola Isola explores these questions and more in the latest episode of Wilson Center NOW.


PODCAST | First Mexican Presidential Debate Analysis

Uncharted Territory

The first presidential debate takes place this Sunday, it will signal an authentic start of the unprecedented running we are experiencing. The latter because, even though campaigns formally started two weeks ago, after proposals, many disqualifications, and polls of all kind, we have been analyzing and anticipating scenarios based on schemes and suppositions that might not be realistic.

Mexican Presidential Candidate Series: A Conversation with Sergio Alcocer

Please note this event took place at the Atlantic Council.

In just over two months, Mexicans will elect their next president. This election comes at a historic turning point for Mexico and U.S.-Mexico relations. How would a government led by José Antonio Meade navigate NAFTA negotiations and the broader U.S.-Mexico relationship at this pivotal moment?