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Recapturing the Mexico Moment

The Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies (USMEX) at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) will host a daylong symposium on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015.

An occasion for business leaders, civil society, scholars and policymakers to discuss Mexico’s progress and future direction, this year’s symposium will include three breakout sessions. The sessions will cover topics from recapturing the “Mexico Moment” to the progress and pitfalls of structural reforms and the transformation of civil society.


The Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) returned to power in Mexico after a 12 year hiatus with President Enrique Peña Nieto’s election in 2012.

His first three years in office have been marked by both international accolades for sweeping structural reforms as well as strong condemnation over his administration’s handling of the disappearance of students from Ayotzinapa and the Casa Blanca corruption scandal.

As President Peña Nieto begins the second half of his term, the much lauded “Mexico Moment” seems very far away. The challenge of getting the country back on track is compounded by an international economic landscape with low oil prices and a strong U.S. dollar.

Mexico faces a series of pressing questions:

  • What will be the legacy of the Peña Nieto administration?
  • How can the government and private sector work together to kick-start growth?
  • What do the results of the midterm elections mean for the consolidation of democracy?
  • Has an effective strategy for improving public security been articulated?
  • How can the system of checks and balances be strengthened?
  • How are social protest and social media transforming the role of civil society?
  • What can be done to fight corruption and impunity?

Mexico Moving Forward is a forum for answers on how the country can chart a course over the next three years to recapture the Mexico moment. Registration information coming soon.


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