Enrique Peña Nieto, the current governor of Mexico State, won with approximately 38 percent of the vote, reclaiming the presidency for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (known as PRI, for its Mexican acronym), which ruled Mexico for 71 years before the National Action Party (PAN) won in both 2000 and 2006...The Mexico Institute's Christopher Wilson comments.
“Every party has to prove itself in every election to the voters in Baja California,” said Andrew Selee, senior adviser to the Mexico Institute of the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. “Because it’s so far from central control and because Baja Californians are themselves migrants from elsewhere in the country, there’s an independent streak that is unlike anywhere else.”
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Mexico Institute in the News: Commentary on the Mexican Elections by Mexico Institute Staff and ColleaguesJul 03, 2012
For deeper analysis and background on the July 1 elections in Mexico, we have collected a selection of insights from Mexico Institute staff and colleagues on the PRI's rise to power, the prospects for security, economic, and energy policy, the impact on U.S.-Mexico relations and the future of Mexican democracy. This list will be continually updated on the Mexico Institute homepage as more articles are released.
The Wilson Center's Eric Olson discusses how the results of Mexico's presidential election will impact the drug wars, the country's changing economic picture and U.S.-Mexico relations on NPR's The Diane Rehm Show.
Christopher Wilson of the Mexico Institute discusses the election results in Mexico and what they mean for US-Mexico relations on C-Span's Washington Journal.
Whereas high homicide rates are common side-effects of drug conflicts throughout Latin America, Mexico has caught the world’s attention due to the brutality that has come to dominate cartel tactics. Despite the widespread assumption that organized crime belongs to a completely different category of threat, it has become clear that brutal violence in Mexico has many similarities to terrorism tactics. In this analysis of Mexican cartels, Antonio Sampaio cites Eric Olson’s report entitled “Considering New Strategies for Confronting Organized Crime in Mexico.”
Mexicans went to the polls yesterday to choose a new president. The official preliminary vote count handed a victory to Enrique Pena Nieto. Diane and her guests discuss the outcome of the Mexico presidential election. Eric Olson senior adviser on US-Mexico Security for the Woodrow Wilson Center's Mexico Institute is a guest.
The possibility of a PRI victory had worried many observers and politicians in the United States. In this article though, Andrew Selee—director of the Mexico Institute—says that it will make surprisingly little difference for the U.S.-Mexico relationship. This is largely a tribute to how deeply interdependent the two countries are today, as well as the ways in which Mexican society has evolved over the past two decades.
Christopher Wilson, Program Associate of the Mexico Institute, appeared on CSPAN’s Washington Journal this morning to talk about all three candidates in the election, why they placed as they did, and what Enrique Pena Nieto’s victory means for Mexico and for the U.S.