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The Mexican Debates: New Perspectives, Same Electoral Result

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The Mexican Debates: New Perspectives, Same Electoral Results

When the debates held by the Federal Electoral Institute were widely seen as insufficient, student-led movement YoSoy132 organized its own debate. In the YouTube-aired debate, students were able to ask questions of the presidential candidates and also voice their own opinions regarding the candidates' policies. While all three debates failed to affect large change in the polls, the entrance of the youth voice into the electoral arena in Mexico is a substantive accomplishment that should not be overlooked.

This analysis was prepared by Darya Vakulenko, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs.

To read the full analysis, click here.

What a Return to a PRI-Dominated Government Would Mean for Mexican Democracy

As Mexico's third election since the seminal 2000 election draws near, many questions remain regarding the the likely return of the once hegemonic Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). At a time when tensions over security and socio-economic issues facing the country are quickly reaching a boiling point, a closer examination of the real platforms of all the parties—the PRI in particular—is more critical now than ever.

This analysis was prepared by Elise Dun, Darya Vakulenko, Ekow Bartels- Kodwo, and Ariel Giles, Research Associates at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs.

To read the full analysis, click here.

Troubled Ecuador a dubious choice for Assange

This op-ed was authored by COHA Senior Research Fellow Dr. Sean Burges a distinguished Canadian scholar specializing in South American issues. Dr. Burges first began his relationship with COHA when he served as an intern with the organization. The article has been subject to edits by COHA. To view the op-ed, click here.


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