Andrew Selee talks about how will President Pena Nieto affect Mexican-American relations, his recent meeting with Obama, and Mexico’s drug cartels.
Mexico Institute, Program Associate Chris Wilson comments on U.S. customs, border protection and the economy.
A polling expert says Mexico’s youth voters turned out in record numbers for the recent presidential election but their ballots didn’t boost Enrique Pena Nieto to victory. His assessment came during a Woodrow Wilson Center panel analyzing the 2012 Mexican Presidential Election results. Mexico’s Electoral Authority confirmed Pena Nieto the winner of the July 1st election with just over 38 percent of the vote Friday.
Last Saturday’s vote by the PRI party to change its statutes to allow for the application of the value added tax (IVA) to food and medicine, and to allow for increased private participation in the oil sector, significantly improves the prospects for the reform process under Enrique Peña Nieto. This marks an important victory for the reformers within the party, and is a sign that the government now faces minimal internal party divisions that could hold back the reform process.
Happy Holidays from the Latin American Program, Brazil Institute, and Mexico Institute! In this newsletter you will find the highlights of our work in the second semester, 2011.