Mexico: Pact with the Devil?

Mexico: Pact with the Devil?

Mexican President Felipe Calderón can point to a significant catalog of accomplishments under his watch, from a handful of key legislative reforms to his government’s praiseworthy response to the swine flu epidemic in 2009. Far better known to most...
Calderon’s Visit to Washington

Calderon’s Visit to Washington

Mexican President Felipe Calderón came to the United States last week assuming the moral high ground as a victim of U.S. drug consumption and weak gun laws. In his speech before the U.S. Congress, Calderón firmly called on the United States to take...

Mexico’s Oil Referendum

Mexico is engaged in one of the most pivotal debates in its modern history: the future of its oil industry. The question is whether oil operations should remain in state hands or be privatized. Mexico exported 1.1 million barrels of oil per day to the United States in...
Mexico’s Battle over Oil

Mexico’s Battle over Oil

On April 8, President Felipe Calderon dropped a political bomb on the Mexican political scene. The Senate received an executive initiative that would fundamentally change the structure and operations of the oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex). Key operations of...
Plan Mexico

Plan Mexico

After months of talks, President George W. Bush finally announced the “security cooperation” plan for Mexico. On October 22, he sent a request for $500 million in supplemental aid for 2008 as part of a $1.4 billion dollar multi-year package. No surprises...
Postcard from…Mexico

Postcard from…Mexico

For Mexican society, October 2 re-opened the 39-year-old wound left from the Tlatelolco Massacre, when government forces killed hundreds of student demonstrators in Mexico City. But commemorative marches this year represented dozens of other struggles —...

Mexico: Allow More Time for Democracy

When a hotly contested electoral race comes to a close, almost everyone prefers to wake up the next morning knowing who the winner is. But sometimes, such as in the July 2 presidential election in Mexico , the race proves so tight that certifying the outcome requires...

Mexican Election Could Lead to Immigration Shift

Mexico’s presidential and congressional elections Sunday will have significant implications in the United States. For U.S. citizens concerned about the flow of immigrants, a win by the leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador may do more to effectively address the...

Mexico’s Democratic Transition Still Incomplete

As the results of the July 2 presidential elections in Mexico head to the courts, it could be several days or even weeks before the final winner is determined. The current vote counts have given a razor thin advantage to Felipe Calderón of the right-wing...