San Diego World Affairs Council
“Mexico’s Upcoming Elections and
What They Mean for the U.S.”
Dr. Emily Edmonds-Poli
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Political Science and International Relations
University of San Diego
In an election with potentially serious ramifications for the United States’ relationship with its southern neighbor and third-biggest trading partner, Mexico's voters will go to the polls on July 1, 2018, to elect a successor to President Enrique Peña Nieto, who is ineligible to seek a second term. Will voters return to office the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) or opt for a new direction such as a coalition of the center-right PAN and the left-center PRD? What are the chances of the left-wing, nationalist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador? Will a new president be able to get a handle on issues that have plagued Mexico such as corruption and violence? What effect could a new administration have on key bilateral issues such as NAFTA, the border wall and drug trafficking?
Dr. Edmonds-Poli is an expert in Mexican local and state politics. She also studies violence against the press in Mexico and democratization and decentralization in Latin America. She is co-author of Contemporary Mexican Politics (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016).
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