Yearly Archives: 2023

March 26, 2023


Luis Rubio The neighborhood is not only complicated but also extraordinarily contrasting. Although the border region between Mexico and the United States constitutes an exceptional space, distant from Mexico City as well as from Washington, the reality is that it is the most critical flash point in view of the year 2024, a moment at […]

March 22, 2023

Mexico Is Killing Its Golden Goose

 Americas Quarterly by Luis Rubio March 22.2023 The president’s vision for the country is erasing years of institution-building efforts—and endangering its economic and political stability, says the chairman of Mexico Evalúa. MEXICO CITY — Mexicans seem to enjoy economic and political crossroads; the country is often faced with one because it seldom addresses its underlying challenges. […]

March 19, 2023


Luis Rubio One of the great paradoxes that military dictatorships exhibit, reflects  Tom Stevenson,* lies in that they in the last analysis make their own troops less effective because of their imperious need for protecting themselves from a blow that would wind up in their removal. The paradoxes of power are always obtuse because their […]

March 12, 2023


Luis Rubio The verdict in the trial of García Luna directly affects the individual accused but, along the way, the questioning exposed the entire Mexican political system and exhibited a world of ambivalences concerning justice, drugs, corruption and the Mexico–United States relationship. It was not Mexico, but instead the political establishment that sat on the […]

March 5, 2023

Power and Wealth

Luis Rubio The great success of capitalism   has been the generation of wealth and prosperity for billions of global inhabitants and at the heart of that system of economic organization lies a crucial concept:  the separation of political power from wealth. Although capitalism and democracy, with all their tensions, advanced by means of distinct conduits […]

March 1, 2023

AQ Podcast: Luis Rubio on Why Mexico’s AMLO Is More Vulnerable Than You Think   Podcast AQ Podcast: Luis Rubio on Why Mexico’s AMLO Is More Vulnerable Than You Think MARCH 1, 2023 Despite AMLO’s popularity, judicial and political challenges may hamper his electoral plans for 2024, argues a leading analyst. More than 100,000 Mexicans protested last weekend against President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s proposed changes to the […]

February 26, 2023


Luis Rubio How strange is the course of action of the government in legislative matters. Despite being able to count on wide-ranging majorities in both chambers, Morena party adherents tend to blunder due to the lack of clarity of the bills dispatched by the Executive Branch. No one can doubt the despotic and frequently arbitrary […]

February 19, 2023


Luis Rubio It never was going to be easy for President López Obrador. His rhetoric, obsessions and resentments entailed a permanent source of conflict, thus of polarization and feuding.   Winning an election in those terms implied always rowing against the current.  How, under those circumstances, could he undertake his yearned-for transformation? The advantage with which […]

February 12, 2023

Tipping Point

Luis Rubio   “Look at the world around you. It may seem like an immovable, implacable place. It is not. With the slightest push —in just the right place— it can be tipped.” This is the way that Malcolm Gladwell explains how things change, frequently and suddenly and without warning or without antecedents suggesting that […]

February 5, 2023


Luis Rubio The great success of President   López Obrador is not to be found in an exceptional strategy or ability, but instead in his having discovered an amorphous and untapped electorate that did not feel represented. His mastery for communicating with that part of the population has equipped him with enormous impetus, much of that […]