As Outrage over Iguala Continues, Mexican President Calls for Police Reform

December 16, 2014

12/13/2014 Fronteras Radio

Bernardo Montoya/Reuters

Bernardo Montoya/Reuters

Mexico’s president wants to change his country’s constitution to replace local police with state police. He also wants legal authority to take over municipal governments infiltrated by organized crime.

But ongoing protests and recent polls suggest Mexicans aren’t convinced the change will make a difference.

The move follows disgust in Mexico over a long delay by the federal government to investigate the murders of 43 college students….

Andrew Selee, Executive Vice President of the Wilson Center and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute, is quoted, stating “What Iguala has reminded Mexicans is that there are some really major parts of the foundations of the rule of law in the country that are still very weak.”

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Is North America’s Energy Boom a Global Game Changer?

December 8, 2014

11/26/14 Wilson Center REWIND

stock-footage-montage-of-clean-energy-fossil-fuel-pollutionIncreases in energy production in Canada and the U.S., combined with promising reforms in Mexico, are creating what some describe as a “North American energy renaissance.” The world’s energy equation is changing, with more developments on the way. What are the implications of traditional energy producers becoming consumers and consumers becoming producers? That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Click here to watch the video.

To see video from the Wilson Center’s First Annual North American Energy Forum, click here.

Speakers:

David Biette, Director, Canada Institute, moderator
Charles K. Ebinger, Senior Fellow and Director, Energy Security Initiative, The Brookings Institution
David L. Goldwyn, President, Goldwyn Global Strategies LLC, former State Department Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, and Co-Editor, Energy & Security: Strategies for a World in Transition
Robert (“RJ”) Johnston, CEO and Director, Global Energy & Natural Resources, The Eurasia Group
Jan H. Kalicki, Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar and lead, Regional and Global Energy Issues; Co-editor, Energy & Security: Strategies for a World in Transition
Shirley Neff, Senior Adviser, US Energy Information Administration, former Senior Adviser, US Commission on the BP Oil Spill
Andrew Selee, Wilson Center Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute


Op-Ed: México desde el extranjero: A dos años

December 2, 2014

12/01/14 La Silla Rota

Andrew SeleeMéxico ha cumplido dos años con el Congreso actual y el presidente Enrique Peña Nieto en funciones. Muchos analistas estarán escribiendo como está el país en estos momentos después de veinticuatro meses de gestión. El ánimo en el país no es alentador, después de los eventos cruentos de Guerrero y el escándalo de la Casa Blanca, y no dudo que la mayoría de los análisis tendrán un aire de pesimismo frente a estos hechos. Desde el extranjero, sin embargo, la imagen de México es un poco más alentadora. Sin menospreciar los desafíos enormes que el país enfrenta, que comentaremos en un momento, ha habido algunos logros muy importantes en poco tiempo.  Algunos de éstos han sido de política pública y otros son de la misma sociedad frente a las crisis que aquejan al país, ambos significativos e importantes.

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Democracia a diferentes velocidades

November 18, 2014

11/17/14 La Silla Rota

Andrew Selee, Vicepresidente Ejecutivo del Centro Woodrow Wilson en Washington y colaborador del Instituto México.

andrew-selee-nprCuando los académicos hablaban de la democratización unos años atrás, siempre parecía como si fuera un carro automático, en que un país pasara por etapas más o menos comunes desde iniciar con las elecciones competitivas (arrancando en primera) hasta consolidarse como un país moderno y plural (a toda velocidad, con el estado de derecho, transparencia y rendición de cuentas). Hoy sabemos que las democracias se parecen más bien a carros manuales, en que hay que ir, con mucho esfuerzo, cambiando velocidades poco a poco, para ir acelerando hacia una sociedad en que los ciudadanos se sienten fielmente representados y en control de su gobierno. Y en el caso mexicano, y quizá de cualquier país grande, la democracia ni siquiera se parece a un carro manual, sino más bien una autopista con muchos carros manuales, cada uno en su propia velocidad, algunos acelerando muy rápido y otros estancados o quizás hasta echándose en reversa.

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Mexico Missing Students Case Highlights President Enrique Peña Nieto’s Spotty Security Record

November 3, 2014

10/31/14 International Business Times

Bernardo Montoya/Reuters

Bernardo Montoya/Reuters

Analysts say Peña Nieto’s security record is one of mixed results. “If you look at some places that were terrible back in 2008, they’re doing much better today,” said Andrew Selee, executive vice president of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute. “But if you look at places like Guerrero, Tamaulipas and a few other places, the problems run very deep, and it’s not clear that they’re getting better.”

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Andrew Selee: Bloodshed and Resilience in Mexico

October 29, 2014

10/28/14 Dallas News

The Associated Press October 22, 2014

The Associated Press October 22, 2014

A few weeks ago, 43 students at a teachers college in Mexico’s southern state of Guerrero disappeared. From what we know so far, police in the city of Iguala handed them over to a local drug gang, affiliated with the mayor, and they were almost certainly killed. Public authorities have yet to locate the graves where the students are buried, but in searching for them they have turned up several other mass graves that testify to the gruesome gangland war going on around the city over the past few years. Mexicans have reacted with understandable horror and nationwide protests against the wave of violence that still simmers in many parts of their country. The political fallout so far has included Guerrero Gov. Angel Aguirre, who effectively stepped down under pressure.

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BOOK LAUNCH: Mexico and the United States: The Politics of Partnership

May 29, 2013

Andrew Book Flyer

“What are the strengths and weaknesses of the partnership between Mexico and the United States? What might be done to improve it? Exploring both policy and process, and ranging from issues of trade and development to concerns about migration, the environment, and crime, the authors of ‘Mexico and the United States’ provide a comprehensive analysis of one of the world’s most complex bilateral relationships…”

Book Launch Event: http://bit.ly/USMXPartners


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