During the era of the pre-democratic PRI in Mexico there existed a long history of national political pacts. Those pacts typically were between the PRI dominated executive branch and the two most influential actors, labor unions and business organizations. In the 1990s, at the highpoint of the democratic transition, the PRI for the first time in its history lost its ability to ensure a two-thirds vote in the legislative branch, preventing it from accomplishing constitutional changes.
On August 11, 2014, President Peña Nieto signed into law the 21 component parts of a comprehensive energy reform. Eight months after introducing constitutional amendments to radically transform Mexico’s hydrocarbon and electricity sectors, private investors and Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) can leave the starting gate. Read the latest article by Diana Negroponte, a member of Mexico Institute's Advisory Council
Daughter of Mexico drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman held in San Diego on immigration charge-Mexico Institute in the News
“You kind of surmise that there’s some family connection back to Southern California,” Eric Olson, associate director of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute said of the daughter’s arrest. This article also appeared on Washington Post, FOX News, ABC News, NPR, and other news outlets.
In December of 2013, the Mexican Congress approved a major reform of the energy sector, with the hydrocarbons industry of as one of its focus points. We now await the secondary legislation and implementation that will make or break the reform. As in the case of other major reforms last year in the areas of telecommunications and competition (as well as in the case of the 2008 energy reform) one of the fundamental points of discussion in Congress will undoubtedly relate to the institutional framework and autonomy of regulatory agencies, specifically the National Commission of Hydrocarbons (CNH) and the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE).
The task force was created to recommend policy options to the President and lawmakers and is expected to release its full report this Fall. Remarks from task force members came during the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute & the Pacific Council on International Policy panel discussion Monday on how to change U.S. policy to address the region’s growth