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Panel Discussion: Mexico in 2010: A Year of Celebration and Political and Economic Challenge
December 8, 2009 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The year 2010 will mark a double celebration for Mexicans: the bicentennial of its independence from Spanish rule and the first centennial of the Mexican revolution that gave way to its modern political life. However, amidst the celebration, the country is facing one of the most challenging times in its modern history.
Despite the fact that Mexico has achieved a successful transition into a multi-party system that allows for political succession, it is also evident that after the year 2000 — when the PRI was voted out for the first time in 70 years — Mexico still requires profound institutional renovation. Democratic development in Mexico has revealed the limitations and insufficiencies of the old forms of governance.
On the economic front, 2009 has been a year in which Mexico has sunk into a deep economic crisis as a result of its profound dependence on the U.S. economy. NAFTA facilitated the concentration of economic activity in a few exporting activities and a few exporters. The result is that the U.S. recession has hit Mexico much harder than any other country in Latin America. Unemployment is rampant, thousands of small and medium companies have gone bankrupt, and millions have joined the ranks of poverty.
- Alfonso Durazo was a senior advisor to President Vicente Fox before he publicly resigned and authored a book about his disagreement with the administration: Saldos del Cambio, Una Crítica Política de la Alternancia (Results of Mexico’s Change, A Political Critique of “Change” in Mexican Government). He has written for important Mexican publications such as Reforma and Proceso, and holds M.P.A. and J.D. degrees from UNAM and a Phd from Tec de Monterrey, Mexico.
- Timothy A. Wise is Director of the Research and Policy Program at the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University. He specializes in trade, agriculture, and rural development. He is the co-author of The Promise and the Perils of Agricultural Trade Liberalization: Lessons from Latin America, and Confronting Globalization: Economic Integration and Popular Resistance in Mexico.
Moderator: Sarah Anderson, director of the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.
Note: Part of the discussion will be in Spanish. Translation will be provided. To attend, please contact Manuel Pérez-Rocha, tel: 240-838-6623, email: manuel (at) ips-dc (dot) org.