Iván Farías Pelcastre

Iván Farías Pelcastre is an Adjunct Lecturer in Political Economy at Lazarksi University in Warsaw, Poland. He has previously been a Guest Researcher at the Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales, in Madrid, Spain; a Vacation Visiting Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford, and an Academic Visitor at the North American Studies Programme at St Antony’s College, also at Oxford; a Postdoctoral Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the University of Southern California; and an intern at United Nations. He holds a PhD in Political Science and International Studies, and an MSc in Urban and Regional Studies, both from the University of Birmingham, in the United Kingdom, and a BA in International Relations from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, in Mexico. He is currently a student of MA in International Relations at the University of Warsaw, in Poland.

Will Zelensky Deliver Much Needed Reform for Ukraine?

May 06, 2019

The election of an inexperienced politician to Ukraine’s highest office should be taken as a signal that the country’s patience is running thin. On April 21, Ukrainians voted in the final round of the country’s presidential elections. Its result was devastating for the incumbent, President Petro Poroshenko, who ran for...

Can Mexico Change Its Approach to Corruption?

Feb 20, 2019

For López Obrador, corruption is not part of Mexico’s culture. To this day, one of the most serious challenges to Mexico’s public service is the prevalence of corruption among officials. At all levels of government — federal, state and municipal — this barrier has proved to be enduring and difficult...

In Mexico, the Signing of the USMCA Was a Victory for Neoliberalism

Feb 13, 2019

President López Obrador has the opportunity to implement the USMCA in a better way than the Salinas and Peña Nieto administrations did. At the beginning of 2018, it seemed that a US withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was both possible and likely. US President Donald J....

López Obrador’s Personal Safety Is Mexico’s Stability

Jul 25, 2018

By foregoing the use of a security detail, Mexico’s president-elect is putting public interest at risk. On July 1, Andrés Manuel López Obrador was elected as Mexico’s new president. His victory marked a historic day for the country: López Obrador is the first left-wing presidential candidate to become successful in...

Promise of Reform Falls Short in Ukraine

May 14, 2018

If reforms are not implemented in the near future, another revolution might be on the horizon for Ukraine. Ukraine‘s political and socioeconomic circumstances have become the subject of various debates across Europe and the United States. The focus of these discussions has been the decreasing optimism among Ukrainians about the...

The Positive Effects of Trump's Challenge to NAFTA

Mar 06, 2018

The NAFTA renegotiations are bringing Mexico and Canada closer together, at last. Since the start of diplomatic relations in 1944, and until very recently, economic and political links between Canada and Mexico were limited. Their geographic positions have historically (and strongly) shaped their understanding of the significance and the potential...

Merkel’s Journey to Global Leadership Crosses Latin America

Jun 10, 2017

For Germany, the greatest gains to be made from Angela Merkel’s trips to Argentina and Mexico are political. The election of US President Donald Trump in November 2016 brought political and economic uncertainty to the world. Upon being elected, Trump announced radical changes to US domestic and foreign policies, aimed...

Immigration is a Tale of Two Countries

Aug 29, 2016

Germany and Mexico must remain vigilant to prevent public perceptions from negatively impacting their asylum, refugee and migration policies. Germany is facing the most important immigration crisis in its history since World War II. The recent attacks that took place on three consecutive days in Munich, Reutlingen and Ansbach broke...

Mexico Faces Uphill Battle at Summit

Jun 28, 2016

It is unlikely Mexico will reach its objectives at the North American Leaders’ Summit on June 29. In mid-June, Mexican Secretary of Finance Luis Videgaray traveled to Montreal to deliver a speech at the inaugural session of the International Forum of the Americas. Videgaray affirmed that Mexico remains one of the...