Analysis

Tania Ortiz Mena, Enrique Ochoa Reza, David Goldwyn, Lisa Viscidi

Private Roundtable on US-Mexico Energy Cooperation

The energy markets of the United States and Mexico are deeply integrated, to the benefit of both countries and their economies. The new US administration has a clear interest in preserving and expanding this fruitful relationship while advancing its ambitious clean energy and climate goals, both at home and abroad. On March 11, the Inter-American Dialogue held a private roundtable on US-Mexico energy cooperation.

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Cover of UCSD US-Mexico Forum 2025 Energy & Sustainability Report showing a wind farm

US-Mexico Forum 2025: Energy and Sustainability Report

The world is in a transition to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 that will change the way we use and produce energy and shape the sustainability of our planet. This paper, published by UC San Diego, addresses how Mexico and the United States can use their energy resources to deliver jobs, economic prosperity, and social justice at this transformational juncture in history, examining three areas fundamental to the US-Mexico energy relationship: sustainability; hydrocarbons; and gas, power, and renewables.

Lisa Viscidi, Carlos Pascual, Angélica Ruiz, David Crisostomo, Samantha Gross, Verónica Irastorza, Alejandra León, Jeremy Martin, John McNeece, Isabel Studer

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with his former Mexican and U.S. counterparts, Enrique Peña Nieto and Barack Obama.

Will Another ‘Three Amigos’ Summit Happen Anytime Soon?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ viewpoints on the future of North American relations under a Biden administration.

Rebecca Bill Chavez, Antonio Ortiz-Mena, Christopher Sands, Antonio Ortiz-Mena, Laura Carlsen, Carlos Vejar

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La política energética de AMLO: implicaciones para el comercio, el clima y la economía de México

El Diálogo Interamericano preparó un informe titulado “El impacto de la política eléctrica estado-céntrica en México en el comercio, el clima y la economía”, el cual analiza los principales cambios ocurridos en la política energética de México y sus impactos en la inversión y en el medio ambiente. El informe fue presentado en un webinar el 18 de noviembre organizado por la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México y el Real Instituto Elcano.

María José Rocha

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Power Grab: What Mexico’s State-Centered Electricity Policy Means for Trade, Climate, and the Economy

Over the past two years, the government of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has sought to strip away central aspects of the 2013 energy reform that increased private investment in the power sector and return control of the sector to state utility CFE. These moves will reduce needed investment in the sector and lead to higher electricity costs for Mexican industry and manufacturing, affecting employment, trade, and Mexico’s ability to meet its clean energy targets, according to this new report by the Inter-American Dialogue.

Lisa Viscidi, Nate Graham, Sarah Phillips

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Mexico Power Sector Policies Brief

Mexican Power Sector Policies: Economic and Trade Impacts

This policy brief examines the regulatory changes in Mexico’s electric power sector made under the López Obrador administration. The brief analyzes the broader implications for Mexico’s economy and its trade and economic relations with its key trading partner, the United States. A full report will be forthcoming in October 2020.

Lisa Viscidi, Nate Graham, Sarah Phillips

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Bruno Binetti Video

¿Cambiará el mapa electoral en EEUU?

Bruno Binetti, investigador no-residente del Diálogo Interamericano, participó en el programa Club de Prensa de NTN24 donde comentó sobre las últimas encuestas para las elecciones presidenciales de Estados Unidos, los efectos de la pandemia en el país y las consecuencias del Covid-19 para las economías de América Latina, entre otros temas. 

Bruno Binetti

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AMLO & Trump

AMLO’s Visit to the White House

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador met this week in Washington with US President Donald Trump in López Obrador’s first trip abroad since taking office in December 2018. The Inter-American Dialogue invited some key experts to comment on the significance of this trip, and Michael Shifter offered his comments for a number of publications reflecting on the relationship between the two leaders and the outcome of the meeting. 

Michael Shifter

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Gustau Alegret and Michael Shifter Video

AMLO visita Washington DC

En esta entrevista con NTN24, Michael Shifter habló con Gustau Alegret sobre la reciente reunión entre Donald Trump y Andrés Manuel López Obrador en la Casa Blanca, y sus implicaciones para los EEUU, México y Venezuela.

Michael Shifter, Gustau Alegret

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Michael Shifter interviewed by CGTN Video

US-Mexico trade relations in focus

CGTN’s Roee Ruttenberg spoke with Michael Shifter, president of Inter-American Dialogue, about US-Mexico trade relations after Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador visited the United States for a meeting with President Donald Trump.

Michael Shifter

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Some of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s policies have unnerved investors. // File Photo: Mexican Government.

Is López Obrador Eroding Mexico’s Business Climate?

How are President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s policies affecting Mexican companies and foreign investors’ appetite for putting money into the country’s businesses?

Salvador Fonseca, Adrián Magallanes, Duncan Wood, Leonardo Beltrán

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Political Risk Analysis: What’s Ahead For Mexico’s Renewable Energy Industry?

Until recently Mexico stood out within Latin America as a top potential producer of wind and solar energy, but policies under the López Obrador administration have made the climate for renewable energy investment increasingly hostile. Lisa Viscidi, director of the Energy Program, and Sarah Phillips, program assistant, sat down with Nathaniel Parish Flannery of Forbes to discuss what’s ahead for Mexico’s renewable resource sector.

Lisa Viscidi, Sarah Phillips, Nathaniel Parish Flannery

Interviews ˙ ˙ Forbes