The Mexico Institute and the Mexican Election

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The presidential election in Mexico is looming on the very near horizon.  This post is intended to offer an information resource with respect to the election, albeit with a note of caution.

The Mexico Institute’s Election Guide offers some fairly detailed coverage of the race. Describing its own contents, the site says [links in the original]:

This site provides a comprehensive guide to the best resources on the 2012 Mexican elections by the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center. You can find background on the political parties and candidates, follow where they stand in the polls,check their stance on security, the economy and on other important topics, find sites for further reference, and review the key dates and events in the lead-up to the election itself on July 1st, 2012.

Obviously anyone interested in Mexico’s future — which after all is the focus of this blog — will want all the information they can get about the upcoming election and that’s why I’m providing a link to the Guide.

To be clear, though, I’m not endorsing it.  I’m interested in Mexican affairs, but I would never claim to know enough about the nuances of Mexican politics to assess the Guide’s biases (or lack of them) — you will have to do that for yourself.

Screenshot fromThe Mexico Institute’s Election Guide

Screenshot fromThe Mexico Institute’s Election Guide

The Guide is produced by the Mexico Institute which, despite its name, is a made-in-the-USA think tank, a project of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

(The Mexico Institute producing the Guide should not be confused with another U.S. institution called The Mexico Insitute, a largely cultural organization “founded in 1989 to bridge the cultural gap between the rapidly growing Mexican community and other cultures in the Dallas area”.)

Now, I’m not about to start calling either the Woodrow Wilson Center or its Mexico Institute names.  Nonetheless, when high-powered people in the U.S. start forming think tanks about Latin American countries it is common sense, not political radicalism, to be cautious about accepting the things they say at face value.

Also bear in mind that, as its name implies, the Woodrow Wilson Center is not entirely unconnected to the U.S. government.

  • Its namesake Woodrow Wilson, like any U.S. president, has both pluses and minuses on his record, but given that this is an institute relating to a Latin American country it’s worth noting that while he hardly has the worst record with regard to intervening in Latin America, he did so repeatedly, including intervention in Mexico.

All that being said, there seems to be a lot of information on the site, so if you’re interested in where the election is going and how its outcome might affect Mexico’s future, you might want to look into it.  I certainly will be.

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