Anticipating the Mexican Elections


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With less than two months until the Mexican presidential elections, the left-leaning, anti-establishment former Mayor of Mexico City, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (known by his initials, AMLO) of the MORENA party, maintains a sizable lead in the polls. The other two main candidates, José Antonio Meade of the governing PRI and Ricardo Anaya from the center-right PAN, have attempted without success to close the gap. With voter discontent at historic highs, the electorate seems most motivated by persistent problems of corruption, inequality, insecurity, and relatively lackluster economic growth. How will these and other issues define the election? What policy changes could be expected if AMLO wins the presidency? What are the implications for relations with the US and the NAFTA renegotiation process? 

The Inter-American Dialogue is pleased to welcome a distinguished panel of experts to discuss the election, what dynamics are at play, and what changes it may bring. The panel discussion will be followed by an open exchange with the audience. 

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Shannon O’Neil

Vice President, Deputy Director of Studies, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations (@shannonkoneil)

Juan Pablo del Valle

Chairman of the Board, Mexichem (@JuanPdelvalle)

Enrique Bravo-Escobar

Program Officer, National Endowment for Democracy (@EnriqueBravoE)


Michael Shifter

President, Inter-American Dialogue (@MichaelShifter)