Upcoming Event! Mexico’s Midterm Elections and the Peña Nieto Administration

May 11, 2015

Collage only_MonochromeWHEN: Monday, May 18, 9:30-11:00am

WHERE: 6th Floor Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Click here to RSVP.

The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute is pleased to invite you to an event on Mexico’s 2015 midterm elections. On June 7, 2015, more than 86 million Mexicans will have the opportunity to elect 500 federal deputies, 17 state-level legislatures, 9 governors, and more than 300 mayors. This new cohort of legislators will replace the group that approved the major reforms proposed by President Enrique Peña Nieto during the first year of his administration. The new Chamber of Deputies will be crucial for the second half of Peña Nieto’s term in office; finding room for negotiation may prove increasingly difficult as the presidential succession nears.

These elections represent a battle in which the PRI seeks to stay strong despite the President’s low approval ratings. Meanwhile, the PAN and the PRD are trying to overcome internal divisions and emerge stronger. The PRD’s internal challenges became external with the recent founding of MORENA, led by Andrés Manuel López Obrador, which is emerging as a viable option for voters on the left. In fact, MORENA will be competing head to head with the Green Party (PVEM) to be the fourth national political force.


Denise Dresser
Political Analyst and Professor, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México

Luis Carlos Ugalde
Director General, Integralia Consultores


Duncan Wood
Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

RSVP here. 

Want to know more about Mexico’s midterm elections? Visit the Mexico Institute’s 2015 Election Guide.

Headlines from Mexico

May 8, 2015

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1. The Mexican military has started to move into areas of Jalisco in search of El Mencho, leader of the New Generation Cartel. There is a heavy presence of soldiers and armed vehicles around the city of Autlán.

Read More: El Universal, Related Article, Reforma

2. The church is encouraging citizens to vote on June 7th. They argue that although Mexico is confronting legitimacy issues in regards to its institutions, it is crucial for citizens to be involved in the electoral process.

Read More: El Universal

3. Authorities from the federal and state police, as well as, the National Migration Institute have secured 18 migrants in the state of Chiapas, 12 whom were traveling from Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Read More: El Universal

4. Mexico may become a mediator in the peace negotiations between the ELN (Ejercito de Liberación Nacional) and the Colombian government. This announcement comes as the Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is visiting Mexico.

Read More: Reforma

5. During the 10th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum on Latin America in Riviera Maya, Mexico, President Enrique Peña Nieto stated that the country has been stigmatized. He argued that Mexico faces major security challenges due to geographical location but nonetheless, strides have been made in confronting organized crime.

Read More: El Universal

6. Mexico’s Secretary of the Interior Miguel Osorio Chong participated in the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem. As Osorio Chong explained Mexico would like to promote further debate in search of a consensus to define a new drug policy that will have a comprehensive approach.

Read More: Reforma

Mexico Nabs Cop Allegedly Involved in Disappearance of Students

May 8, 2015

Reuters, 5/8/2015

handcuffsMexican police arrested one of the senior police officers accused of involvement in the disappearance of a group of 43 student teachers last year, the country’s interior ministry said on Thursday.

Francisco Salgado, 41, was the deputy head of the police in the southwestern city of Iguala, where 43 student teachers went missing in September last year. The government says the group was detained by corrupt police officers who handed them over to a local drug gang that killed them and then incinerated their bodies.

Read more…

Does ‘cutting off the heads’ of Mexico’s cartels really work?

May 7, 2015

05/06/15 The Christian Science Monitor 

machine gunMexico has scored dozens of drug-war “wins” over the past several years, with cartel kingpins apprehended anywhere from secret tunnels to bustling restaurants, and paraded in front of news cameras as a sign of progress. But a confrontation that unfolded in and around the western state of Jalisco last weekend – complete with cartel-manned rocket-propelled grenades and a felled military helicopter – shows that the battle against drug traffickers here is far from won. Violence erupted in 20 municipalities and spilled into four states, killing at least seven people. The recent ascendance of the New Generation Jalisco Cartel (CJNG), which orchestrated the weekend mayhem, has some questioning the strategy President Enrique Peña Nieto inherited from his predecessor Felipe Calderon: Sending in federal troops to cut off the head of a cartel and hoping that the rest of the organization dies.

Read More… 

Washington Toughens Warning For Jalisco, Home To Thousands Of Americans, As Mexico Fights Cartel

May 7, 2015

05/06/15 Forbes 

jaliscoThe unprecedented level of violence last week that struck parts of the Mexican state of Jalisco, home to the largest resident population of Americans outside the U.S., persuaded the Obama Administration to update its Travel Warning for Mexico just three weeks after issuing its previous warning. Without naming the Jalisco Nueva Generación (New Generation) cartel, a powerful criminal group responsible for shooting down a military helicopter with RPGs on May 1, the State Department warns that “violent clashes between criminal organizations and government authorities, and related disturbances including barricades of burning vehicles blocking major roads and highways, are ongoing concerns that typically occur without notice.”

Read More… 

Mexico rescues more than 100 kidnapped migrants

May 7, 2015

05/07/05 BBC News 

shutterstock_24590917Police in Mexico have rescued more than 100 migrants kidnapped by a human trafficking gang near the capital. Reports said some of the migrants had been held hostage for five weeks in a house in Mexico State. Most of the victims were Central Americans, but they also included people from India and Sri Lanka. The migrants had been trying to reach the US illegally when they were captured by a gang who demanded cash from their relatives. Five human traffickers were arrested in the town of Axapusco after the raid on Wednesday, said government officials. Nearly 100 agents were involved in the operation to rescue the victims, who included some 14 children. Local media reported that those freed are from Guatemala (33), El Salvador (23), India (23), Honduras (18), and Sri Lanka (five).

Read More…

Interview with Ambassador Alejandro Estivill

May 6, 2015

mexican-flag1Watch Ambassador Alejandro Estivill discuss the task of serving one of the United States’ largest immigrant populations with Wilson ON DEMAND.

See Video Here…


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