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Mexico's New President: What to Expect in 2013


Monday, July 23, 2012 7:00PM - 8:00PM


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On July 1, Mexicans went to the polls, electing the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate, Enrique Peña Nieto, to be the next President of Mexico. After only a twelve year absence, the PRI has returned to power in Mexico. This return to the old guard, the party which ruled Mexico for 71 years and is widely viewed as autocratic and corrupt, is quite a surprise to many. What is clear is that a vote for PRI is a vote of no-confidence for Felipe Calderon's National Action Party (PAN). What remains to be seen, however, is what these results will mean both for the future of Mexico, and for US-Mexico relations once power is transferred on December 1, 2012. As top trading partners, the economies of the two countries are closely integrated, with more than $1 billion in goods crossing the border daily. Peña Nieto is still somewhat of a mystery in the US, so his position on the long running drug war and economic cooperation will be important for the continuity of a strong bilateral partnership between Mexico and the US.

Join Dr. Stephen Haber, specialist in Mexican politics and Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, for a post-election review and discussion about the implications of the outcome during this interesting political season in Mexico.


Stephen Haber

A.A. and Jeanne Welch Milligan Professor, School of Humanities and Science, Stanford University


C. Sedgwick Dienst

Partner, KCA Partners Ltd



Recorded Monday, July 23, 2012

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