An analysis of cabinet leadership in Mexico has always provided insights into political recruitment trends for the policy-making leadership in general. This essay briefly analyzes the backgrounds of the twenty-two cabinet secretaries and important cabinet-level agencies, and the president, and compares them with equivalent leadership, where appropriate, from three prior presidential periods. Those consist of the cabinet members from the pre-democratic era, 1935-1988, from the democratic transition, 1988-2000, and from the democratic era, 2000-2013.
Mexican newspaper Reforma recently highlighted Criminal Procedure Reform in Mexico: Where Things Stand Now – a Mexico Institute publication written by Matthew Ingram – on its front page. The article points out that although 22 states have already enacted relevant legislation, oral trials have only been implemented in 12 states.
Last Thursday, the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and ITAM (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México) launched their newest energy report, “A New Beginning for Mexican Oil: Principles and Recommendations for a Reform in Mexico’s National Interest” at ITAM’s campus in Mexico City.
Christopher Wilson, Mexico Institute, 2/8/13
The Census Bureau’s newly released 2012 trade statistics show that U.S.-Mexico merchandise trade grew seven percent in 2012, reaching $494 billion dollars. U.S. exports were up 9 percent, at $216 billion. This outpaced import growth, which was up six percent to $277 billion, and brought the trade deficit down 5 percent, to $61 billion.
U.S. exports to Mexico in 2012 rose $18 billion dollars above their 2011 value. According to the White House, each $1 billion in new exports supports more than 6,000 jobs. This suggests the growth in exports to Mexico created over 107,000 new American jobs in 2012.
As Congress and the Administration consider proposals to address immigration reform, the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and Latin American Program are pleased to share with you the following resources on regional migration.
Two chapters from the Mexico Institute’s recently released policy report, “New Ideas for a New Era: Policy Options for the Next State in U.S.-Mexico Relations,” offer background, analysis and key recommendations for policy makers that have implications for the current immigration debate:
- Facing the Future: The Changing Dynamics of U.S.-Mexico Migration, discusses the changing demographics of U.S.-Mexico migration flows in a U.S. political environment receptive to immigration reform.
- A Dividing Line that Unites: The U.S.-Mexico Border, highlights the complexities of the U.S.-Mexico border and identifies opportunities to enhance and improve border management that ensures a legal and secure flow of commerce and people.
As U.S. President Barack Obama begins his second term, he faces a number of major challenges and deep divisions on the domestic front. But for the first time in living memory, a U.S. president can look forward to a four-year period in which the country’s energy policy is characterized by abundance, rather than scarcity.
The past four years have seen a revolution in the hydrocarbons industry across the world, but it has been particularly keenly felt in the United States. The advent of shale gas has meant lower energy costs and increased competitiveness for business. In oil production, developments in hydraulic fracturing and new discoveries have made a mockery of the claims of “peak oil” a few years ago.
Coinciding U.S. and Mexican presidential elections offer a natural opportunity to look at the evolving context of bilateral relations and look forward for ways to strengthen ties. The Mexico Institute is pleased to launch an electronic version of its new policy report, “New Ideas for a New Era: Policy Options for the Next Stage in U.S.-Mexico Relations,” by Christopher E. Wilson, Eric L. Olson, Miguel R. Salazar, Andrew Selee, and Duncan Wood. The policy report highlights five key issues with the potential to strengthen U.S.-Mexico relations. A printed version of this report will be available shortly.
The Mexico Institute is pleased to announce a selection of new resources:
- Mexico Institute Director Duncan Wood provides commentary on the Pacto.
- NAFTA 20 Years on: Time for a Change, analysis by Christopher Wilson.
- Mexico Institute releases English translation graphic of new Mexican cabinet.
- Mexico Institute releases 4 part video series on Latino electorate.
- New addition to The Expert Take: Eric L. Olson provides commentary on President Peña Nieto’s Security Strategy
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.”
This article is in Spanish.
Andrew Selee comments on the announcement of a new Mexican Ambassador to the U.S.
El Gobierno de Enrique Peña Nieto considera nombrar a Eduardo Medina Mora como Embajador de México en Estados Unidos.De acuerdo con fuentes diplomáticas, Medina Mora, ex Procurador General de la República y actualmente Embajador de México en Gran Bretaña, relevará en el cargo a Arturo Sarukhan. Para ser nombrado, Medina Mora tiene que ser ratificado por el Senado. Andrew Selee, director del Mexico Institute del Woodrow Wilson Center, con sede en Washington, afirmó que el perfil de Medina Mora es una mezcla interesante, al combinar experiencia en el sector privado, en cuestiones de seguridad y en la diplomacia.