Mexico is gearing up for an important and very competitive presidential election in 2018. The election will test the country’s democratic values, especially after the 2012 return of the PRI, a party that until 2000 held a 70-year grip on government. It will also test the strength of Mexico’s 30-year tradition of addressing public policy issues by consensus; the country’s political parties, from both the right and the left, currently seek to redefine the role of government and the free market in areas such as economic development, trade, security and energy. Finally, the election outcome will show whether voters want a more forceful response from their leader to President Donald Trump’s sharp shift in tone toward Mexico.
At this panel discussion, election experts aligned with the main political parties shared their insights on the 2018 campaign, the parties’ platforms on the major public policy issues and the future of U.S.-Mexico relations.
John Ackerman, Ph.D.
Researcher, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Carlos Angulo Parra
Former Representative for the State of Chihuahua, Mexican House of Representatives
Luz Maria de la Mora, Ph.D.
Managing Director and Founder, LMM Consulting
Gerardo Esquivel, Ph.D.
Professor and Researcher, Center on Economic Studies, El Colegio de México
Tony Payan, Ph.D.
Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and Director, Mexico Center