Mexico: From the PAN to the PRI—A Preview of the Next Sexenio

  • Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013
  • With:

    Luis Carlos Ugalde
    Director General
    Integralia Consultores, and
    Former president
    Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute (IFE)

    Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow
    Senior Counselor
    The Cohen Group, and
    Former U.S. ambassador to Mexico

    Manuel Suárez-Mier
    School of International Service, American University, and
    Former chief of staff to the governor
    Bank of Mexico

    Duncan Wood
    Director, Mexico Institute
    Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

    Now that Mexico's government has a new president and the former ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) is back in power, where is the country headed?  Is it still on a reform and modernization track?  Or is it poised to return to habits of the old PRI?  President Enrique Peña Nieto has already made waves appointing a foreigner as a security adviser, announcing his intention to open Pemex to foreign investment, and launching a broadside against Mexico's powerful teachers' union.  Still, there are subtle signs in appointments and policy statements that old ways are not forgotten.  Four Mexico experts and keen observers give us a preview of what to expect.

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