What Will the Release of “El Chapito” Guzman Mean for Mexico’s Security?

October 22, 2019

The Mexican city of Culiacan, in Sinaloa state, has come into the spotlight in recent days due to the dramatic capture and release of one of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s sons, Ovidio Guzman, known as “El Chapito.” El Chapo is one of the most prominent narcos in cartel history, with many...

Can Mexico Change Its Approach to Corruption?

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...

López Obrador’s Personal Safety Is Mexico’s Stability

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...

Are Mexico’s Winds of Change Blowing in the Right Direction?

June 29, 2018

The current wave of support for Andrés Manuel López Obrador was unthinkable a decade ago. Mexico goes to the polls on July 1 for what promises to be an unprecedented set of elections. Not only will Mexicans vote for the presidency, legislative posts, governors and mayors at the same time, but...

Next Stop for the Global Bernie Movement: Mexico?

June 28, 2018

After many disappointments, the left-populist alternative looks primed for a big win in Mexico.  Right-wing populists are all the rage these days. Donald Trump and his spleen control the White House, while his counterparts have taken over in Italy, Hungary, Poland, Colombia, India and...

Voter Mistrust Fuels Populism in Mexico’s Presidential Race

May 31, 2018

Ahead of the Mexico's presidential election in July, a left-wing populist is the clear frontrunner amid exasperation with political corruption and snail-paced social reform. The Mexican presidential race was probably over the minute it began. Recent polls consistently put left-wing populist...