Jul 31, 2015
Press Freedom in the Americas has been in a general decline for the past 15 years. According to Freedom House’s latest findings (2015), only 43% of the countries in the Americas are ranked as having ‘free’ press. The remaining countries fall in the range of ‘partly free’ (43%) and ‘not free’ (14%).
Jul 28, 2015
Since 2008, Mexico has been implementing a series of reforms that will transform the nation’s criminal justice system to make it more transparent and accountable, thereby improving the nation’s administration of justice and public security. This expert take discusses key aspects of that reform.
Jun 12, 2015
The massacres of Tlatlaya and Ayotzinapa, a scandal over financial support to purchase a mansion for the President's wife, the firing of Carmen Aristegui, harassment toward Mexican journalists in provincial papers. The common theme running through these four situations is lack of trust in public institutions and cynicism toward the rule of law. Recent surveys find that 75 percent of those polled do not trust politicians and police in Mexico.
Jul 06, 2015
In this Expert Take, Veronica Ortiz O. discusses the results of Mexico's 2015 midterm elections.
Jun 03, 2015
"As we draw closer to June 7th, it appears that the upcoming election anticipates some likely unexpected results," writes Veronica Ortiz in this Expert Take.
Jun 01, 2015
"It would seem to be patently obvious that in politics there’s no worse evil than fighting reality, but that’s precisely what the government has been doing recently," writes Global Fellow Luis Rubio.
May 26, 2015
"Before concluding its ordinary sessions, the Senate approved the so called historic reform for the capital city to be officially called Mexico City (it is currently the Federal District) and to be given a brand new Constitution as an independent state of the Mexican Republic."
May 25, 2015
In this Expert Take, Luis Rubio discusses timing in politics. "In public life, say politicians, nothing is more important than timing."
May 19, 2015
In this Expert Take, Global Fellow and Advisory Board Member Luis Rubio states that "to govern is to comply with the law...without exception."
May 11, 2015
In this Expert Take, Global Fellow and Advisory Board Member Luis Rubio discusses the National Electoral Institute (INE) and the issue of autonomy.
May 04, 2015
In this Expert Take, Global Fellow and Advisory Board Member Luis Rubio discusses governance in Mexico and the issues that go along with it.
Apr 27, 2015
In this Expert Take, Veronica Ortiz Ortega discusses the issue of political parties looking for loopholes in laws regulating the campaigns.
Apr 27, 2015
In this Expert Take, Global Fellow and Advisory Board Member Luis Rubio discusses the lack of economic growth in Mexico, stating "The great absentee in recent decades has been economic growth."
Apr 24, 2015
In this Expert Take, Arturo Franco discusses the benefits of creating a merit-based society in Mexico. This view is presented as an alternate "Mexican Utopia" to the one portrayed in Luis Rubio's recently published book "A Mexican Utopia: The Rule of Law is Possible."
Apr 21, 2015
The accusation of supposed acts of corruption has turned into a national sport. No day goes by without the social networks posting photographs of a public official boarding a governmental helicopter or a politician’s wife entering a store in Los Angeles. The phenomenon cuts across the entire political spectrum, but the look is fixedly trained on the federal government. The faults of the Left appear lesser in the logic of the prototypical accuser. Is this an excess or merely a patriotic, therefore democratic, act?
Apr 20, 2015
Corruption has emerged as a key topic in the 2015 electoral campaigns. In this Expert Take, Duncan Wood and Pedro Valenzuela discuss where the debate regarding corruption is currently and what the parties are proposing in their electoral platforms.
Mar 05, 2015
Trust is at the heart of Mexico's challenges today. In this Expert Take, Arturo Franco discusses how public distrust, and its cost ramifications, not only makes Mexico poorer and less dynamic, but also hinders the capacity to tackle some of the country's key challenges.
Feb 19, 2015
Due to the energy reform in Mexico, PEMEX lost exclusivity in the supply chain on virtually all hydrocarbon activities; now, PEMEX has to compete. Insofar as the reform states, PEMEX will continue operating as the national oil company, and it is expected to do so in the same conditions as other competing companies. That seems fine, until reality reveals its fiscal situation.
Feb 02, 2015
On Friday, January 9, 2015, the United States Department of Transportation made an important announcement that has not received the recognition it deserves: the Department of Transportation will begin to process applications of Mexican land freight trucking companies wishing to provide international services in the United States. This topic is worth remembering for the lessons it leaves us with.
Oct 20, 2014
In a recent intervention at the general debate of the United Nations' General Assembly, President Peña Nieto unveiled a decision that had long been awaited by scholars working on Mexican foreign policy. In a cautious manner...he announced that Mexico would now participate in the United Nations' Peacekeeping Operations.
Sep 26, 2014
With time, the coverage, quality, and timeliness of economic data published in Mexico has changed. The National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI for its Spanish acronym) does quality work but has paces and delimited periods for technical reasons. Banco de México (the central bank of Mexico) does the same. On the other side, the Ministry of Finance (SHYCP for its acronym in Spanish) has declined in detail and timeliness. In other agencies, the information is published with substantial delays.
Aug 13, 2014
Read two articles and a timeline about Mexico's Energy Reform. First, a piece written by Jesús Reyes Heroles on energy reform and democracy. Second, Pedro Valenzuela and Duncan Wood assess the energy reform and its process following the enactment of the secondary legislation.
Aug 13, 2014
On Monday August 11, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto enacted the secondary legislation of the energy reform, composed of 9 new laws and amendments to 12 existing ones. With this action, a new chapter in the economic development of Mexico begins in which the private sector will be allowed to invest in various areas related to the exploration for and exploitation of natural resources such as oil and gas.
Aug 13, 2014
Despite its technical complexity and the political differences associated with the energy reform, the process that has been carried out to materialize it is unprecedented in Mexico. The constitutional reform, absolutely necessary to detonate real and profound change, achieved its goal, but it unfortunately left pending the “pulling out” of Pemex and the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) from the Expenditure Budget of the Federation (PEF), which would have taken away the regulatory and normative straightjacket that represents a competitive disadvantage.
Aug 04, 2014
President Barack Obama has said that the huge number of unaccompanied children who are coming to the United States from Central America represents an urgent humanitarian situation. He is right; the suffering of tens of thousands of children is unthinkable. The humanitarian crisis that President Obama refers to is, however, only the tip of the iceberg of what has been happening in this corridor of intense migration - Central America (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador), Mexico and the United States - over the past two decades.
Jul 10, 2014
In addition to the well-touted economic reforms passed recently, this year Mexico approved a political reform package that, among other things, includes new measures aimed to ensure the greater participation of women in politics. The law now requires gender parity, which means that at least fifty percent of the candidates fielded by a political party in either federal or state legislative elections must be female. This begs the question as to whether there are enough women in the ranks to step up to the plate.
Jun 02, 2014
Educational authorities are currently too far removed from the classroom. There is no precise methodology to supervise what goes on inside the classroom of the more than 273,000 schools every day, and the administrative protocols manage poorly the flow of the information back to Mexico City.
May 13, 2014
Water issues in Mexico are one of the most serious for the present and future of the country; however, they do not seem to have a prominent place in the public policy agenda. We can identify three trends from this complex problem. First, the poor distribution and allocation of resources in part due to excess and waste, and in part due to shortages. Second, water pollution. Third, our water culture.
Apr 08, 2014
There is no single stakeholder more vested in a child’s education than his or her own parents. There has never been and there will never be someone to champion children’s futures more so than their own mothers and fathers. This premise is key to understanding the value of institutionalizing the role of parents in the education system in Mexico, and its impact on education policy .
Feb 28, 2014
Few decisions have received as much condemnation as the establishment by the Canadian government of visas for Mexicans. This requirement was initiated in July 2009 by decision of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, from the Conservative Party and in that position since February 2006. In addition, the procedure for obtaining them is absurd, unnecessarily complex, and demeaning.
Feb 04, 2014
The education apparatus in Mexico plays with the same playbook as it did more than 50 years ago; iron-fisted unions, lack of accountability, poor performance and a central approach to local problems. Education, in general has neglected to innovate and shift the way it is managed. While every other industry has evolved, simplified and increased its productivity; education has remained untouched.
Nov 14, 2013
In this Expert Take, David A. Shirk considers the implications of the NSA wiretapping scandal on the US-Mexico relationship. He argues that the current crisis gives President Obama an opportunity to right America's course, and to rebuild the relationship with Mexico. Both countries should ponder the NSA scandal seriously, and recognize that cooperation is not just contingent upon immediate interests but on longer-term mutual benefits.
Oct 16, 2013
Mexico Institute Director Duncan Wood discusses the viability for a successful political reform in Mexico. As the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto nears the end of it's first year, the reform agenda laid out thus far has the potential for far reaching implications for the strength and progress of Mexico's democracy.
Oct 16, 2013
Roderic Camp, Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College and Mexico Institute Advisory Board Member offers a comparative look at reforms proposed by previous presidential administrations in Mexico and shed's light on the current reform agenda of President Enrique Peña Nieto.
Oct 01, 2013
In this Expert Take, Luis de la Calle examines President Enrique Peña Nieto's energy reform proposal. He argues that the President's proposal is revolutionary not because of the language it adds, but rather, because of the language it omits.He concludes that the reform has the potential to transform Mexico's energy the sector into a competitive market that promotes the country's industrialization.
Sep 23, 2013
In this Expert Take, Daniel Alvarez-Estrada considers Mexico's latest tax reform proposal. He discusses the country's historically weak tax system, analyzes the current proposal, and concludes that there are reasons to believe the Mexican tax system is on the verge of a major overhaul.
Sep 20, 2013
Vice President Joseph Biden is in Mexico to officially launch the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED) as a reflection of the enormous importance of U.S. - Mexico relations. Program Associate Christopher Wilson discusses why this matters.
Sep 09, 2013
Mexico Institute Director Duncan Wood discusses the Government of Mexico's recently announced fiscal reform package.
Aug 15, 2013
Jesus Reyes Heroles, President of GEA and Mexico Institute advisory board member discusses Mexico's Energy reform in this "Expert Take"
Jul 31, 2013
In this Expert Take Luis Rubio and Luis de la Calle discuss Mexico's Middle Class in the context of recent CONEVAl and INEGI statistics on poverty.
May 01, 2013
In this analysis, Christopher Wilson discusses how trusted traveler and trusted shipper programs (SENTRI for individuals, FAST for shippers) facilitate vetted, safe individuals and shipments while strengthening border security.
Mar 15, 2013
In his latest expert take contribution, Director Duncan Wood discusses the Peña Nieto administration's bold proposal to open up Mexico's telecommunications to more competition.
Mar 04, 2013
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.
Feb 27, 2013
Yesterday’s PGR arrest of Elba Esther Gordillo on charges of embezzlement marks a bold step forward by the Pena Nieto administration to establish its authority and legitimacy in the eyes of the Mexican public, and to send a message to Mexico’s most powerful unions. The arrest comes after the successful passage of an education reform bill through Congress, earning the government plaudits from international observers, who saw it as a much-needed attack on the power of the teachers union, the SNTE, but receiving a skeptical response from many national critics who believed that the government would not follow through with implementation of the new laws.
Feb 11, 2013
Is this finally the year that Congress reforms U.S. immigration policy and provides a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country? It would seem so, given the various encouraging statements from Republican and Democratic leaders over the past week. The policy calculations seem favorable, too, with years of net-zero migration from Mexico and the prospect of reduced migration pressures in the future. However, what remains highly unpredictable is the political calculus on immigration, with dynamics at the national and local level potentially at odds with each other.
Jan 11, 2013
This law is more than a year in the making, the product of a joint effort by academics, victims’ advocates, as well as victims themselves aligned with the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity. Its publication this week in the official government gazette marks a major win for the movement led by the poet Javier Sicilia, whose son Juan Francisco was killed in violence in March 2011.
Dec 19, 2012
For decades education in Mexico has been trapped by suspicious arrangements between the national agency for education and the main teachers union. It is commendable, that new President Peña Nieto aims to recover, from the Teacher’s Union (SNTE), the education policy decisions that the National Education Act confers, mainly, to the National Department of Education (SEP) and other local education authorities (articles 12 and 13).
Dec 17, 2012
Today Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto announced his government’s much anticipated security strategy to a nation exhausted and traumatized by six years of devastating violence and skyrocketing crime. In his statement he committed to heed the mandate of Mexican citizens in the last election calling for a country at peace and based on “respect and protection of human rights.”
Dec 12, 2012
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.