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  • Vices a la Argentine

    Luis Rubio The risk of Mexico acquiring the Argentinian vice of being permanently stuck in a limbo of mediocre economic performance -worse than in recent years- with recurring ups and downs, as well as frequent financial crises is real and rises with the policies adopted by the current government. The coincidences begin to be too […]

  • In Urzúa’s Resignation, AMLO Gets a Wakeup Call

     AMERICAS QUARTERLY – BY LUIS RUBIO | JULY 9, 2019    Mexico Carlos Urzúa’s unexpected decision to step down as treasury secretary was a warning – will AMLO listen? MEXICO CITY – In all my decades observing Mexican politics, I have never seen a public resignation like this one. On July 9, Carlos Urzúa announced in a letter that he […]

  • Now They’re Government

    Luis Rubio All governments blame their predecessors for the woes that they find or for those with which they cannot deal. No novelty here: this is not my problem, but that of my predecessor. AMLO is an exception to this in not reproaching a government, but instead an entire generation –three decades of presidents and […]

  • Preferences and Possibilities

    Luis Rubio In her autobiography, African-American anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston writes that “it is no longer profitable, with few exceptions, to ask people what they think, for you will be told what they wish, instead.” That is how we are at present in Mexico: advancing preferences and desires instead of building opportunities and possibilities. The […]

  • Argentina in the Horizon?

    Luis Rubio Argentina began the twentieth century with the highest GDP per capita in Latin America, very similar to that of the United States at that time; a century later, the South American nation is in the 53rd place. As an Argentine friend says, “whoever says things cannot get any worse, does not know Argentina,” […]

  • No compass

    Luis Rubio In one of the final episodes of The Simpsons, the soporific and befuddled octogenarian Abe is recruited to cross the picket line and break a strike at a nuclear plant. His tactic: to confuse, if not to lull, the strikers by telling them stories that make no sense at all so as to […]

  • Foreign Policy is Domestic Policy

    Luis Rubio The letter sent by President López Obrador to President Trump can have many readings, but one great certainty: it is a document designed from and for domestic political purposes and, in those terms, it has been a great success. In addition to the popular support behind the president, which has been massive from […]

  • Capacity of Governing

     Luis Rubio There is no more pressing problem in Mexico than the stalemate between the capacities of the government (federal, state and municipal) and the requirements imposed upon on it by the government itself than the urgency of procuring development. Thanks to the differences between the government’s real capacities (increasingly fewer) and the demand for […]

  • In whose national interest?

      WilsonCenter Mexico Institute Luis Rubio  There was a time when the United States understood that its foremost national interest lay in having a prosperous, successful neighbor. That stood in stark contrast with the traditional Mexican perspective, which saw the US as the country’s foremost foe. NAFTA made it possible to align both nations’ interests […]

  • Other Legacies

    Luis Rubio Fears, interests, inertia and a great dose of myopia impeded the country from carrying out an integral transformation in the past four decades. Reforms of diverse sorts, some more profound than others, but always in partial fashion, were promoted: there were always limitations and powerful interests that biased the reform processes for the […]


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