When Mexico Shut Down

March 22, 2021

Violence Against Women in Mexico Rises

March 09, 2021

Home is not a safe space for many women around the world and coronavirus-era quarantines and lockdowns have increased the risk of gender-based violence. In Mexico, statistics reflect this reality and women additionally face the rising risk of becoming targets amid violent drug crime and the...

Is Mexico’s Political Culture Undergoing a Paradigm Shift?

August 20, 2019

Mexico’s economy has for at least a century functioned according to the mordida system, often described simply as “the way of getting things done.” The word “mordida” literally means “bite,” but as part of a functioning system, it simply means “bribe.” In some ways, it’s closer...

Mexican President AMLO’s Complex Fight Against Corruption

July 24, 2019

Mexico’s recently elected progressive president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, known as AMLO, has assumed the monumental task of transforming the age-old mordida system of corruption. Some describe it simply as “the traditional and customary way of getting things done.” The president’s...

The Fourth Transformation of Mexico



The Misadventures of “Tariff Man”

June 07, 2019

For Donald Trump, tariffs are a substitute for diplomacy, just as harassment in his personal life is a substitute for normal human interaction.  Donald Trump has two tools at his disposal as president. The first is his mouth: the insults and threats that he issues verbally or by Twitter. The...

When a Wall Is an Emergency

February 18, 2019

Who doesn’t play the politics of illusion? It appears to be the only game in town. Some people today remember that, not so long ago, the power game we call politics still employed the two basic toolboxes Aristotle bequeathed to Western civilization in ancient times: rhetoric and reasoning. The...

The Psychology of the Wall

February 15, 2019

Walls are cropping up all over the world. But as with guns, the sense of safety and security that comes from a wall is almost entirely illusory. Geopolitics, like thermodynamics, has its laws of conservation. If a wall comes down in one place, you can bet that it will go up somewhere else. It...

Trump’s Flawed Logic Regarding US-Mexico Relations

February 02, 2017

The Trump administration’s proposed Mexico policies regarding immigration and trade will make America’s fears a reality. Minutes after descending from the golden escalator at Trump Tower, Donald Trump fired the first salvo at what would eventually become one of his favorite electoral targets...

Are Mexico and America Heading for a Breakup?

January 31, 2017

Mexico’s relationship with the US is at an impasse. Donald Trump has already built barriers around his relationship with Mexico that are higher than any wall. The diplomatic slip in the form of a tweet that ended with President Enrique Peña Nieto canceling their meeting was apparently fixed...

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