Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto faces challenge of bringing old-style party into new age
Peña Nieto was born in a hospital in Mexico City’s La Condesa neighborhood but grew up in Atlacomulco, about a 90-minute drive northwest of the capital. In interviews with residents and friends here who have known him for more than a decade, two depictions of him emerged. Mexico Institute's Andrew Selee comments.
“This guy has defined the decade,” Alfredo Corchado told the Wilson Center. “He changed the dynamics of trafficking. He was a game changer. Communities have been silenced because of him.” Alfredo Corchado worked on his book "Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent Into Darkness" while a Wilson Center public policy scholar in 2010.
"This goes way beyond education. It's about sending a signal to other unions in particular that they need to come on board to the government's program," Wood said. "As it has played out, I think it has been a stroke of genius."
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Eric Olson, a senior associate at the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., said Peña Nieto has acknowledged that there is no “magic wand” solution, but that the president-elect continues to search for alternatives.
US-Mexico Policy Bulletin: February 2005