Obama and Peña Nieto Under President Obama’s Second Term

The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute has prepared the following series on the implications of President Barack Obama’s re-election.

Duncan Wood

Duncan Wood, Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute and Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 11/07/2012

President Obama’s re-election drew a palpable sigh of relief from many quarters in Mexico City last night as political commentators and opinion leaders welcomed continuity for the bilateral relationship.

For President-elect Peña Nieto, yesterday’s U.S. election results provide the opportunity to rapidly establish an official and personal relationship with President Obama, and we are likely to see a meeting between the two in the near future, as well as an ongoing dialogue between members of the transition team in Mexico, and key members of the re-elected government in Washington. This opportunity to “hit the ground running” thanks to already-established relationships in the bilateral relationship should help to smooth the first few months of the Obama-Peña Nieto relationship.

The only reservations expressed in Mexico about the election results came from those who worry about President Obama’s ability to work with the Republican-dominated House of Representatives: continued gridlock is seen here as a serious impediment to economic growth and legislative progress, neither of which do anything to advance Mexican national interests.


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