Monday, October 29, 4pm
Humphrey Forum, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Francisco Valdes Ugalde, Director General of Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO)
Joy Langston, Professor of Political Studies, Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas (CIDE)
After twelve years on the political sidelines, Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has regained the federal presidency. What will Mexico's new leader do about the country's bloody narcotics war, which has killed over 60,000 people during the last six years? How will he respond to the security forces' chronic disrespect for human rights? How will he manage relations with Mexico's neighbours, including the USA? Most importantly, does the PRI's return to power spell the end of Mexico's experiment with democracy? Come and learn what the future holds for Mexico from two of the country's leading political experts.
Francisco Valdes Ugalde is a scholar on political reform in Mexico, where he serves on the Mexican Academy of Sciences and the editorial boards of several journals. Joy Langston is a leading expert on the Institutional Revolutionary Party. and which will shortly return to power. She has published widely on Mexican elections and politics.
Sponsored by the Stassen Chair for International Affairs, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the Department of Political Science, the Institute for Global Studies, the Mexican Consulate in St. Paul, and the Human Rights Program.