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Mexico Election Preview/Root Causes of Migrant Crisis

June 29, 2018

In a conversation with Carol Castiel for Voice of America's Encounter program, AS/COA Vice President Eric Farnsworth and Associate Director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Eric Olson spoke about the presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador and why he had such a commanding lead in the polls.

When asked how López Obrador would manage the important yet frayed U.S. – Mexico relationship, Eric Farnsworth said that “bilateral relations really do run on the relationship between leaders.” However, one would be quick to assume that the relationship would go straight for the rocks, noted Eric. There are some big issues that the two countries can cooperate on that are beneficial to each country such as reducing the factors that lead to Central American migration. 

Listen to the episode here.