Mexico’s growing problems are well documented. Organized crime has been responsible for 30,000 murders per year. Evidence is growing of political candidates being directly backed by narcos, or drug cartels. However, Mexico has also become a pawn in great power competition, and both China and Russia is now hoping that Mexico will distance itself from the United States and the broader West. The President of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador (or AMLO) has even backed the views of Russia in the war in Ukraine. This should awaken European leaders, as Mexico is already the EU’s third largest trading partner in the Western hemisphere.
The seminar will discuss key questions regarding Mexican domestic politics and international relations including: What is behind Mexico’s democratic decay as well as the high-level of corruption and the volatile security situation? What is the current state and future prospects of the country’s relations with the United States and other key powers like China and Russia?