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September 21, 2018

Diplomacy and International Institutions
MIKTA in the Middle: A Little-Known Multilateral Group Turns Five

In 2013, the nations of Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia formally launched “MIKTA.” The latest in an alphabet soup of informal groupings that have sprung up since the end of the C…

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop talks during a media conference after holding the 8th foreign minister's meeting known as MIKTA (Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia) in Sydney, Australia.

August 16, 2018

Corruption
Latin America Needs Better Judges

Widespread corruption in Latin America’s judicial systems--such as Supreme Court justices engaging in bribery in Colombia and Peru, lawyers rigging judge appointments in Guatemala, and the attorney general firing an investigator for looking into corruption in Mexico--- requires more than laws to fix. It means building a professional civil service. While a daunting task, Chile and Brazil can point the way.

A gavel is seen after a session held by the Supreme Court of Justice in Colombia on September 27, 2017.

July 9, 2018

Mexico
Mexico’s Next Crisis Will Arrive From the South

Central American migration may prove the new administration’s biggest first challenge. Since 2014, hundreds of thousands of Central American men, women, and children, mostly from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, have fled their homes. Driven by violence, extortion, poverty, and a drought that has decimated subsistence farming, and pulled by family connections and the hope of safe haven, they mostly head north.

Central American migrants disembark from a freight train as they walk on a railway track after stopping the train on a rail line, in Irapuato, Guanajuato state, Mexico April 15, 2018.

July 2, 2018

Mexico
López Obrador and the Future of Mexican Democracy

Yesterday, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, best known by his initials, AMLO, won Mexico’s presidential election decisively. After 18 years on the campaign trail, including two previous failed presidential runs, thousands of rallies, and, by his count, a visit to every one of Mexico’s 2,400 municipalities, the Tabasco-born politician received the support of 53 percent of voters at the polls, according to an offical rapid count by electoral authorities. Meanwhile, the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), López Obrador’s four-year-old political party, gained a majority in congress, and a majority of the nine governorships up for grabs.

Presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gestures as he addresses supporters after polls closed in the presidential election, in Mexico City, Mexico July 2, 2018.

February 13, 2018

Trade
Adapting International Trade Institutions to New Realities

International trade institutions should be reformed with a focus on increasing public support for the rules-orientated system.

June 27, 2018

Mexico
Is Political Change Coming to Mexico?

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will likely become Mexico’s next president at a time of mounting concern over corruption and violence, but his reform plans are hazy.

Alan Ortega/Reuters

June 20, 2018

Mexico
Why Mexico’s Energy Reform Needs AMLO

This is a guest post by David R. Mares, the Institute of the Americas chair for Inter-American Affairs and professor for political science at the University of California San Diego and the Baker Inst…

Leftist front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) delivers a message after arriving at the third and final debate in Merida, Mexico June 12, 2018.

June 4, 2018

Trade
Mexico Knows How to Fight a Trade War

Mexico's retaliatory tariffs (on some types of steel, lamps, cheese, pork, apples, grapes, and cranberries) will swat at Trump’s political base.

Trucks wait in the queue for border customs control to cross into U.S. at the World Trade Bridge in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico April 5, 2018.

May 7, 2018

Mexico
Mexico’s Ruling Party Is a Dead Man Walking

Enrique Pena Nieto was supposed to be the Institutional Revolutionary Party's savior. But instead, the ruling party looks to lose in the upcoming elections with candidate Jose Antonio Meade. Yet the PRI's political model will live on in the form of MORENA's Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) presidential candidate Jose Antonio Meade waves after a meeting with the National Chamber of Commerce (CANACO) in Mexico City, Mexico April 19, 2018.

April 25, 2018

Mexico
The Coming Presidential Elections in Mexico: Will López Obrador maintain the Lead?

This is a guest post by Isidro Morales, a professor of the School of Government at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Santa Fe (Mexico City) campus. On Sunday April 22, the first of three presidential deba…

Leftist front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) gestures while leaving the Palacio de Mineria after the first presidential debate in Mexico City, Mexico April 22, 2018.