Mexico: The Unbearable Cost of Distrust

March 5, 2015

By Arturo Franco, The Expert Take

justice - gavelTrust is at the heart of Mexico’s challenges today. The lubricant of the economic engine, trust enables market exchanges, reduces transaction costs for business, upholds security and peace, and makes institutions and the political system work. Distrust, in turn, creates unnecessary costs, incentivizes negative behaviors, and can become a huge burden for productivity and for growth.

Mexicans’ reported levels of trust and confidence in a wide range of institutions have been declining for many years. Between 2013 and 2014, virtually every institution, from the police to the church, from television stations and universities, to political parties, Congress and the president, have suffered from rising public distrust. What is worse, perhaps, is that investor confidence has also eroded.

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Falling Oil Prices: Changing Implications for Global Producers

February 6, 2015

02/04/2015 Woodrow Wilson Center

As the price of oil continues to fall, the Wilson Center’s Africa Program, Canada Institute, Kennan Institute, Latin American Program, Middle East Program, Mexico Institute and its Regional and Global Energy Series convened an expert global panel, assembled from Russia, Colombia, Canada, Iran, and Nigeria, to discuss the economic and political repercussions of depressed energy prices, as well as the effects of the lower prices on competitiveness and investment.


The U.S.-Mexico Border: Reporting on an Economy in Transition

February 3, 2015

chris wilsonThe Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute has released a new report, “The U.S.-Mexico Border economy in Transition.” The report provides insight into day to day life and commerce along the border, and provides a series of recommendations to strengthen competitiveness. We spoke with Mexico Institute Senior Associate, Chris Wilson, to learn more about both the unique process behind the report and also about some of the best ideas emerging from the year-long project. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


Better Late than Never: Lessons Learned from Mexican Truck Drivers in the United States

February 2, 2015

By Luis de la Calle

Truck2The opening of the United States to freight trucking companies from Mexico will change the border and its competitiveness.

Mexico must always demand the rule of law and compliance with commitments.

On Friday, January 9, 2015, the United States Department of Transportation made an important announcement that has not received the recognition it deserves: the Department of Transportation will begin to process applications of Mexican land freight trucking companies wishing to provide international services in the United States.

This announcement ends the pilot program that was established as a palliative measure in response to the longstanding dispute with Mexico. This topic is worth remembering for the lessons it leaves us with.

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This article was originally published in Spanish on El Universal


Obama y el Estado de la Unión

January 26, 2015

1/24/2014 El Universal

By Andrew Selee, Executive Vice President of the Wilson Center and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute

3004717988_06761377b7_zEsta semana el president Barack Obama ofreció su informe anual en el recinto del Congreso de Estados Unidos, un discurso que se conoce por tradición como “el Estado de la Unión”. Aunque jamás hizo referencia directa a México, y apenas mencionó el tema de la legalización de millones de migrantes, tocó temas que tienen muchas implicaciones para la relación entre vecinos y el futuro de México.

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Corrupción y ley

January 26, 2015

1/26/2015 La Silla Rota

By Andrew Selee, Executive Vice President of the Wilson Center and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute

justice - gavel and bookEl año 2015 ha iniciado con mucho escepticismo para los ciudadanos mexicanos sobre sus representantes electos. Para los políticos que pensaban que el puente Guadalupe Reyes iba a curar el desánimo de la población hacia sus gobernantes, no ha resultado así. Es probable que las protestas por Ayotzinapa vayan perdiendo fuerza, pero la decepción ciudadana por varios hechos del año pasado, y en general en los últimos años, no parece haber desaparecido.

El problema de fondo es que la sociedad mexicana ha evolucionado más rápido en sus expectativas sobre la ética y la corrupción que el entendimiento y, ni decir, la actuación, de los políticos en este tema. Los políticos siguen pensando que la corrupción es un tema culturalmente aceptado entre los mexicanos, mientras que los ciudadanos ya están hartos del costo en dinero, productividad y vidas que ha generado la corrupción. Las protestas por Ayotzinapa y antes por las muertes de Villas Salvárcar, las bromas que circulan por Facebook y Twitter sobre la Casa Blanca, y el Corruptour en Monterrey, en que activistas locales de la ciudad llevan a sus paisanos a conocer a los puntos más álgidos del desfalco y complicidad en la capital regiomontana, son sólo síntomas del hartazgo que están sintiendo los ciudadanos.

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Citizen Security in Mexico: Getting Better or Getting Worse?

January 23, 2015

1/23/2015 Wilson Center CONTEXT

security_lockIn this edition of CONTEXT, Alejandro Hope (Mexican Institute for Competitiveness), and David Shirk (University of San Diego), review efforts to improve citizen security in Mexico in 2014. They also look ahead to what we can expect in 2015. Is the situation getting better or worse? The answer to that question has a lot to do with where you’re looking. Our guests sort through the good and bad news with an eye toward the future.

Watch the video here.


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