Josefina Vázquez Mota Named Public Policy Scholar at Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute

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November 7, 2014

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has announced the appointment of Josefina Vázquez Mota as a Public Policy Scholar with the Mexico Institute. Vázquez Mota will work closely with the Mexico Institute on issues of the border, migration, and migrants through her project “DREAMers: the Next Dream.” Her work will focus on sharing stories of struggle and success of young Mexicans who came to the United States as children and now have become beneficiaries of DACA and strong supporters of comprehensive immigration reform. The project will gather those stories and analyze their impact on public policy on both sides of the border.

“Josefina Vázquez Mota has been one of the most important figures in Mexican politics for over a decade, and her knowledge and experience will provide the Wilson Center with a strong foundation as we look towards the mid-elections in 2015. Moreover, her passion for increasing public understanding of immigrants and their role in society will be invaluable to us during her stay as the Mexico Institute continues its mission to provide insight and analysis into the most important issues in the bilateral relationship,” said Duncan Wood, Director of the Mexico Institute.

Read the full press release here.


The Final Count: EPN 38.21%, AMLO 31.59%, JVM 25.41% [In Spanish]

El Universal, 07/06/2012

All the votes have been counted and PRI-PVEM candidate Enrique Peña Nieto has once again come out triumphant. Enrique Peña Nieto won with 38.21% of the vote, PRD candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador was behind by 6.62% with 31.59% of the vote, PAN candidate Josefina Vázquez Mota came in third with 25.41% and PNA candidate Gabriel Quadri came in fourth with 2.47%.

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In second Mexico vote, this time of migrants, Vazquez Mota wins

The Los Angeles Times, 07/02/2012

Josefina Vázquez Mota

The tiny but closely watched migrant segment of the Mexican electorate voted firmly for Josefina Vazquez Mota of the governing National Action Party (PAN), an opposite result to her third-place showing in the national race.

The results announced Monday by the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) also showed a 23% increase in voter-abroad participation over the 2006 election, the first time Mexicans living abroad had the right to vote.

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Video: Josefina Vázquez Mota spoke to the nation and acknowledged defeat [in Spanish]

Univision, 07/01/2012

Josefina Vázquez Mota

Josefina Vázquez Mota spoke to the nation and acknowledged her defeat earlier in the evening.

To see video click here.

Mexico’s failing schools spell trouble for ruling party

The Washington Post, 6/09/2012

When he was elected president six years ago, Felipe Calderon appointed a bright and energetic political operator to fix the country’s wreck of a public education system, where teachers buy and sell their jobs and half the children drop out after junior high

In the past few days, teachers have been accused of stealing copies of a national exam in an effort to boost student scores. And teachers refusing to take exams to prove their basic competency abandoned their schools in protest, while Calderon proclaimed that “enough is enough” and pleaded with them to get back in the classroom.

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Who will win the Mexican election?

6/12/12, Al Jazeera

For months Enrique Pena Nieto has enjoyed a commanding lead in the polls in the run-up to Mexico’s presidential election on July 1…

As Mexico’s presidential race enters its final weeks, we ask: Who is going to win the Mexican election? And can anyone stop Enrique Pena Nieto being elected the country’s president?

Inside Story Americas, with presenter Shihab Rattansi, discusses with guests: Maria Jose Lopez, a spokesperson for the ‘Yo Soy 132’ or ‘I am 132’ student movement; Eric Olson, a senior associate at the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center; and Francisco Gonzalez, a professor of Latin American studies at John Hopkins university.

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In Mexico, a Candidate Stands Out Despite Attacks

Archibold, Randal, The New York Times, 6/11/12

Despite the bombardment, Enrique Peña Nieto, the target of the attacks, remains the odds-on favorite to win Mexico’s presidential election on July 1, with a comfortable margin in most polls and an air of invincibility…

At Sunday’s debate, Ms. Vázquez Mota warned of “a return to authoritarianism” if Mr. Peña Nieto were elected, but he has pushed the sunnier aspects of the party, the political stability, economic expansion and large public works Mexico enjoyed under its tenure. As governor of Mexico State until last year, Mr. Peña Nieto was known best for building hospitals and roads and issuing 600 “commitments” he said he had fulfilled, no matter what his opponents say.

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