Blog Questions for Week 9–Case Study: Mexico

Please respond to the following question in your blog post for this week (due Thursday, August 1st by 5pm).  Your blog post should be on this page (our class website), and should be at least 250 words long Also, you do need to include at least one direct quote from one of the readings for this week (O’Neil ch. 10).  Please let me know if you have any questions. Also, don’t forget to comment on a classmate’s post from last week or respond to a comment on your post from last week.

First, read the following three articles:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-21600045

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/jul/08/mexicans-protest-pena-nieto-election

http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/27/world/americas/mexico-student-protest-movement

As described in the articles, the presidential election that took place in Mexico last year was highly contested in a number of ways.  First, the outcome was extremely close, and thus there was more than one credible candidate.  Second, there were massive protests in the streets of Mexico before and after the election, which contested its fairness, its results, and issues like the economy and the consequences of the drug war.  In light of this most recent election, I would like for you to consider the questions the O’Neil opened this week’s reading with: “Has Mexico had a democratic transition, or is it still best viewed as a semi-authoritarian regime?  Has Mexico’s embrace of a neo-liberal economic model been a success, or has it merely exacerbated inequality and worsened poverty?  Is Mexico likely to remain a close and trusted ally of the United States?” (352)

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