North America News

A Way to Restore Mexico’s Trust Deficit

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.

What Happened to the Trade Deal?

Jun 12, 2015
"Niccolo Machiavelli wrote way back when that it is much safer for a leader to be feared than loved if he cannot be both. With the House defeat Friday of the fast-track trade package, largely thanks to Democratic votes, it appears that President Barack Obama may no longer be either with members of his own Party," writes Linda Killian.

Are Ukraine and the U.S. Allies or Not?

Jun 10, 2015
"At this critical moment for the future of Ukrainian, European and U.S. interests in the region, the U.S.-Ukraine strategic partnership lacks both strategy and partnership," write Matthew Rojansky, Thomas Graham and Michael Kofman.

Mexico's Active and Demanding Citizenry

Jun 09, 2015
Halfway through the six-year term of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico went to the polls on June 7 for its largest mid-term elections, renewing all 500 seats in the lower house of Congress and 17 state legislatures, as well as selecting new governors for nine states and mayors for hundreds of cities across the country.

As Mexicans Buck Political Status Quo, Independent "El Bronco" Wins Election

Jun 09, 2015
In Mexico, an independent's election as governor marks a potential sea change in Mexican politics, as voters grow increasingly disillusioned with traditional political elites.

2015 Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research Recap

Jun 08, 2015
From May 26 through May 29, 2015, the Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program convened the 2015 Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research (SICAR). Organized in cooperation with The George Washington University, SICAR provided training to 25 up-and-coming historians, political scientists, and international relations specialists in the theory and practice of archival research.

A Fragmented Political Landscape

Jun 08, 2015
It's too early to know the full impact of yesterday's elections in Mexico, but there is no question that these were far more momentous than midterm elections usually are, with profound short-term and long-term consequences for the future of Mexico's political system. Andrew Selee provides four quick takeaways on the implications of the results.
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Hold the Obituary: Is the U.S. Really in Decline?

Jun 08, 2015
In the second installment of our recap of the Wilson Center May 2015 Alumni Conference, we hear from an a-list panel of analysts addressing the question, “Is the U.S. in decline?” From the China challenge to the “rise of the rest,” America’s place in the world is being questioned from within and without. Is the American Century truly over and are its best days in history’s rear view mirror? That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Doubts Persist Over Mexican Contract Terms: Will the Government Get it Right in Time?

Jun 04, 2015
A few weeks after the electorate takes to the polls, the government faces another, more demanding examination of its most important achievement thus far: the opening of the nation´s hydrocarbons industry to private and foreign investment, when companies submit bids on the first batch of contracts under Round One. Duncan Wood discusses contract terms in this article with the Financial Times.

Solutions

Jun 03, 2015
"The achievement of stability and high growth rates after the revolutionary era was nearly miraculous and contrasted with the interminable South American dictatorships. Everything suggested that Mexico had procured a successful and permanent formula. It worked until it ran out," writes Luis Rubio.

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