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Video: Mexico in the AMLO Era

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Panelists:

  • Carlos Bravo Regidor, Professor, Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE); Columnist, Reforma
  • Jorge Guajardo, Senior Director, McLarty Associates 
  • Valeria Moy, Director, México, ¿Cómo Vamos?; Columnist, Milenio
  • Brian Winter, Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly; Vice President, Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (moderator)

Two months into the administration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Americas Quarterly and AS/COA convened leading Mexican experts to discuss the country's political and economic trajectory in the coming year and beyond. Panelists discussed how the markets are reacting to López Obrador's policy proposals, with Valeria Moy noting: "The markets have been extremely lenient." When asked who AMLO turns to for advice, Jorge Guajardo answered: "No one other than his whim." As moderator, Brian Winter asked how panelists see the president achieving the changes demanded by the electorate, CIDE's Carlos Bravo Regidor suggested that, to give AMLO the benefit of the doubt, the disruptive nature of the start of his administration may well relate to what change looks like in Mexico. "Why wouldn't change be messy?" he asked.