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Is Mexico's Peña Nieto Already a Spent Force or Can He Turn Things Around? February 12th Event

After a contentious 2012 presidential election, Mexico’s future looked bright. A young reformer, the newly elected Enrique Peña Nieto, promised to overhaul Mexico’s sclerotic political and economic institutions, kick-start growth, and end once and for all the corruption that has plagued the country.

But despite his initial popularity and success, things have begun to unravel for Peña Nieto. A major security crisis erupted when dozens of students were murdered with the compliance of corrupt police forces and local mayors. Economic growth stagnated. Peña Nieto and his wife faced corruption allegations involving their ties to the large companies that dominate the Mexican economy.

How can Peña Nieto turn things around? Is it already too late? To address these questions, Hudson Institute hosted a panel on Thursday, February 12th featuring Luis Rubio, Robert Pfaltzgraff, Hector Schamis, and Miguel Basáñez.

Hudson Institute is grateful to the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation for its generous support for this series of conferences.

Jaime Daremblum Welcoming Remarks

Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Latin American Studies, Hudson Institute

Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr. Moderator

President, Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, Inc.

Luis Rubio Keynote Speaker

Chairman, Center of Research for Development

Hector Schamis Panelist

Adjunct Professor, Center for Latin American Studies and the Democracy & Governance Program, Georgetown University

Miguel E. Basáñez Panelist

Professor, Culture and Development & Director, Judiciary Reform Program, Tufts University

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