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

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“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…”

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Weekly News Summary: April 5th

April 5, 2013

Coffee by Flikr user samrevelThe Mexico Institute’s “Weekly News Summary,” released every Friday afternoon summarizes the week’s most prominent Mexico headlines published in the English-language press, as well as the most engaging opinion pieces by Mexican columnists.

What the English-language press had to say…

This week, The Economist congratulated President Enrique Peña Nieto for a promising first four months in office, but warned that he will ultimately be judged on the implementation, and not just legislation, of his reformist agenda. The Associated Press reported Mexican drug cartels have agents working deep within the United States. The AP also made headlines following its announcement that it would drop the term “illegal immigrant” from its stylebook, choosing instead to refer to “people living in the country illegally” or who “entered the country without permission.”

A UNICEF/CONEVAL report concluded that the majority of Mexican children – 53.8% – live in poverty. Media outlets also reported that Mexican wages are now cheaper than China’s, and that remittances to Mexico in February dropped 11% compared to the same month last year.

U.S. immigration reform efforts continued to move forward, with business and labor agreeing on an increase in visas for temporary workers. In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, Andrew Selee argued that the deterrent effect of increased border enforcement, coupled with Mexico’s well-performing economy and changing demographic profile, will likely mean that the majority of future illegal immigration flows will come from places other than Mexico. A piece by The New York Times echoed this sentiment, pointing out that changing economic and demographic conditions in both the U.S. and Mexico make it unlikely that a path to citizenship would lead to a massive influx of undocumented immigrants.

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New Resources: Immigration and Border Realities, Regional Competitiveness, Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement

April 2, 2013

The Mexico Institute is pleased to share with you the following new resources:

Andrew SeleeThe New Reality at the Border

Andrew Selee, Vice President for Programs at the Wilson Center and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute, wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, titled “The New Reality at the Border.” Selee asserts that in the future, illegal immigration flows to the U.S. are likely to come from places farther away than Mexico, due to the deterrent effect of increased border security, the well-performing Mexican economy, and Mexico’s changing demographic profile.

Duncan,-for-wwics-site-2Subcommittee Hearing: U.S. Energy Security: Enhancing Partnerships with Mexico and Canada

To read Duncan Wood’s statement from the hearing click here

Duncan Wood, Director of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere on March 14, 2013. The hearing, titled “U.S. Energy Security: Enhancing Partnerships with Mexico and Canada,” included a discussion of the Keystone XL pipeline and the Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement.

Wilson_ChristopherTowards a Regional Competitiveness Agenda

Christopher Wilson, Associate at the Mexico Institute, wrote an opinion piece for Animal Politico, a news site on Mexican politics. The op-ed encourages Mexico and the United States to develop a regional competitiveness agenda that envisions North America as the most competitive region in the world, addressing issues such as efficient border management, bilateral cooperation on international trade negotiations, regulatory harmonization, trade liberalization in services such as transportation and healthcare, and the simplification of customs procedures.

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Op-ed: The new reality at the border

April 2, 2013

Border fenceLos Angeles Times, 4/2/2013

The image of illegal immigration in the minds of most Americans is of poor Mexicans streaming across the Southwest border. This is not entirely wrong, but it is outdated. As Congress debates immigration reform, it is worth taking a look at what’s changed. Mexican illegal immigration flows have been dropping steadily and seem to be continuing a downward trend even as the U.S. economy recovers. There are reasons to believe this trend is becoming permanent.

For most of the 1990s and early 2000s, most unauthorized immigrants crossed the Southwest border, and most years 90% to 95% were Mexicans. Since as far back as 2007, however, the numbers in the Southwest — and, in particular, the number of Mexicans — have been declining rapidly. Illegal border crossings there are now down to levels not seen in 40 years, and in 2012, more than a quarter of unauthorized Southwest border crossers were what the government calls “Other Than Mexicans,” mostly Central Americans and a few immigrants from outside the hemisphere.

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