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Central America Politics

What to expect from López Obrador’s public consultations

Leftist Mexican President Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who takes office in December, recently held a controversial public consultation to cancel Mexico City’s new multibillion-dollar airport. He is organizing another one over the building of a high-speed railway on the Yucatán Peninsula. Opponents accuse him of using consultations to bypass existing rules and institutions and have raised concerns that doing so could lead to a democratic deficit and generate uncertainty for investors over the medium term.

Economics Natural resources and energy North America Politics

The Energy Briefing: AMLO’s nationalist agenda clouds future for Mexico’s energy sector

Leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s victory casts a shadow over the future of Mexico’s ongoing energy reform. Will the country’s new preident find the right balance between pragmatism and ideology?

Latin America Politics

Challenges of Mexico’s drug legalisation

Mexican President-elect Obrador has declared his intention to combat drug cartels with a bold strategy – decriminalization of opium and marijuana. But while this policy may hurt the cartels, it

Economics International

The end of NAFTA? Perspectives from Mexico, Canada, and the US

24 years ago, on the 1st of January 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Mexico, the United States, and Canada came into force superseding the former Trade Agreement between Canada and the United States.

North America Politics

Opinion: Can the 2018 elections truly reshape Mexico?

Which AMLO will govern: the pragmatist or the firebrand? Lisdey Espinoza explores whether the new president’s inconsistencies, choice of candidates, and lack of clarity regarding his policies were an electoral tactic or a worrisome trait.

North America Politics

Mexico’s new president and the risks to democratic institutions

While his detractors claim his economic policies will turn Mexico into “the next Venezuela”, the real risk of his presidency may be his lack of regard for Mexico’s fragile democratic institutions, fewer than 20 years after the end of de facto one-party rule.

Central America Latin America Politics Special Reports

Special Report: Latin America’s key elections

Latin America is undergoing powerful political changes that will pose challenges to stability in the region. A series of elections in key countries make 2018 a crucial year.

Economics North America

Opportunity slips away as disagreements over NAFTA continue

President Donald Trump will face major decisions around trade in 2018, especially with regard to the 24-year old North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA).

Economics North America

NAFTA 2.0 negotiations: Why Trump may back off

After six rounds of talks in 2017 between Canada, Mexico and the United States to renegotiate NAFTA, parties still appear far from consensus.

Economics North America

NAFTA e-commerce limits likely to rise, but at what cost?

Proposed changes are inevitable, but could put many traditional retailers out of business, creating a complex political decision for NAFTA leaders.