Monthly Archives: July 2020

July 26, 2020

The New Vogue

Luis Rubio From generalized and unpunished corruption Mexico has moved to centralized and purified corruption. What is left is the same corruption as always: only the adjectives changed. The circus begins around the detention and extradition of the Pemex ex-CEO Emilio Lozoya but the corruption remains: a great hubbub, grand negotiations and a sole objective: […]

July 19, 2020

A Government Besieged

Luis Rubio  Like so many other things in life, organized crime functions in and adapts to the environment in which it operates: when it encounters resistance it retreats, when the lay of the land is auspicious it advances. Where there are rules and compliance to them is enforced, there is adherence to them. In the […]

July 12, 2020


Luis Rubio  Financial advisers often differentiate between low-risk, low-return investments, from higher-risk bets, albeit with higher potential returns. The President’s trip to Washington followed a different logic: high risk with low returns. Given what was involved, it was not a bad strategy, but victory can only be claimed once it becomes clear that the reverberations […]

July 5, 2020


Luis Rubio Divergent objectives that aim to solve a common problem. Perhaps in this way one could begin to appreciate the complexity inherent to the new North American trade agreement. Each of the governments involved had its priorities and the result is the new USMCA that was inaugurated this week. Like any instrument, it has […]

July 1, 2020

USMCA Becomes a Reality

 Wilson Center, June 29, 2020 Luis Rubio Fellows and staff from the Wilson Center’s Canada and Mexico Institutes answer questions about the impact of the July 1 implementation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Luis Rubio Global Fellow & Advisory Board Member, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center; President, COMEXI June 29, 2020, Mexico City, Mexico NAFTA […]