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Report Launch | North America 2.0: A Workforce Development Agenda

The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute is pleased to invite you to a report launch for North America 2.0: A Workforce Development Agenda. The report details challenges the three countries face in preparing their labor forces for "The Future of Work" and proposes a framework for North America to move forward in addressing these issues.

North America 2.0: A Workforce Development Agenda

As new technology reshapes workplaces and jobs across North America, the United States, Mexico, and Canada need to reinvent the ways that they educate, train, and re-skill their workforces.  With Mexico and Canada now the United States’ two largest economic partners, more than ever the three countries need to work together to effectively and equitably manage the massive transformations ahead in the skills needed by tomorrow’s employees.

Blind Hits in the Security Strategy?

Children's parties in Mexico are usually celebrated with a piñata that the  blinfolded children hit with a stick. That's where the expression blind hits comes from. Because they are disoriented by the lack of vision, children turn around looking for the object they must hit until the sweets contained in it burst out. Hence the expression. This one applies in other contexts. In public policy, for example, blind hits are said to occur when initiatives are launched without fully understanding the public problem to be solved.

AMLO at One Year

Through the first year of his presidency, AMLO has had a high approval rating and has amassed considerable discretionary powers. However, during his first year Mexico has also faced immigration challenges, trade negotiations, a slowing economy, and rising levels of violence in the country. As Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador concludes his first year in office, our experts have provided analysis on the achievements and struggles of the first year of the López Obrador administration. Explore our resources below.

Migration and Migrants in the First Year of Government

On the first anniversary of the inauguration of president Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), it is difficult to find a public issue in which his government has undertaken a turn as dramatic as the one registered in immigration and asylum policy.

At first, the promise was to “address migration’s root causes” with employment, development, and human rights policies. The proposal by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC) for a Comprehensive Development Plan El Salvador – Guatemala – Honduras – Mexico points in that direction.

AMLO's Popularity: The First Year

Of all indicators that could be used to evaluate President López Obrador's first year in office, approval ratings are among his most favorable. El Financiero monthly national polls recorded an average approval rating of 80 percent from December 2018 to March 2019, the first four months, and then a remarkably stable level of support for the next eight months, averaging 67 percent. Poll aggregators offering numbers from various polling organizations show a similar pattern, and virtually the same average percentages.

AMLO: Still Strong After One Year

During the first year of Mr. López Obrador’s term, the Mexican economy has stagnated and insecurity is rampant. The president however still enjoys a high level of popular support. Why?

AMLO, Violent Crime, and Public Security in Mexico

As has been the case for each of his predecessors over the past two decades, violent crime has been one of the most vexing challenges facing Mexico’s new president, Andres Manuel López Obrador (a.k.a., AMLO). The course of his first year in office, Mexico’s new president has been confronted by a rising tide of homicides and high profile incidents of violence, including a backlash from cartel gunmen that led to the release of a major drug trafficker and the massacre of three women and six children of dual-nationality in November 2019.

A Year+ with AMLO: An Opportunity, No More, But No Less

In a scene in Gael Garcia Bernal’s movie Chicuarotes, a group of young teenagers in a marginalized neighborhood in Mexico City ask: “why do we only get to have candy whose date has expired?” That is the life of millions and millions of Mexicans. Excluded, forgotten, permanently exposed to the allures of consumption, but never able to get anything of much value with their extremely limited means. No decent jobs, no decent salaries, no decent anything for them.

Electoral Bodies & Democratic Governance in Mexico: A Conversation with Dr. Lorenzo Córdova Vianello

The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute invites you to a conversation with Dr. Lorenzo Córdova Vianello, Councilor President of Mexico's National Electoral Institute (INE). Dr. Córdova will speak on the use of electoral bodies to guarantee democratic governance in Mexico. He will also speak on the importance of maintaining and improving the independence and autonomy of the electoral bodies as effective guardians of electoral democracy.