Mexico: Looking Forward
What will a change in Mexico's government mean for the United States?

Mexico isn’t just America’s neighbor. It is also our third-largest trading partner, outpacing Japan, Germany and the UK combined. So what will a change in Mexico’s government mean for the U.S.?

Mexico spends nearly one quarter of its budget on education. Yet its schools are lagging behind, with Mexican students scoring the lowest reading levels of all developed countries. Jennifer Collins reports from Oaxaca and Mexico City.
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Mexico’s newly elected president, Enrique Peña Nieto, comes from a party that controlled the government for more than seven decades. Franc Contreras reports from the PRI stronghold of Mexico state on voters’ hopes for the party moving forward.
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Ray Suarez takes a look back at Mexico’s history, from the influential role the U.S. has played in Mexico’s economy to the evolution of it’s political system – from revolution to dictatorship to democracy.
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Will fallout from the Fast and Furious “gunwalking” scandal change the way the United States and Mexico work together on border security? Michel Marizco reports from the border.
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Ray Suarez talks with experts Manuel Suarez-Mier and Eric Olson about the country’s future under its next president, Enrique Peña Nieto.
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Video Extra

In Mexico, investigative journalism can be a life threatening profession. In a new documentary called "Reportero," Director Bernardo Ruiz spends time with journalists who defy powerful drug cartels and corrupt officials to continue reporting the news.

AAM sits down with the director to discuss his latest film, to be aired on PBS's POV program series later this year. View a trailer of this upcoming documentary »


Featured Experts

Eric L. Olson
Eric L. Olson is a senior associate at the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. In this position he oversees the Institute's work on U.S.-Mexico security cooperation and research on organized crime and drug trafficking between the U.S., Mexico, and Central America.
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Manuel Suarez-Mier
Throughout a professional career that spans over 35 years, Professor Suárez-Mier successively combined working in the financial system and Foreign Service of Mexico as well as for transnational financial institutions, with teaching economics at the Technological Institute of Mexico and the universities of New Mexico and Georgetown.
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Mexico: Looking Forward / Produced by Alisa Barba, Jennifer Collins, Franc Contreras, Michel Marizco, A.C. Valdez, and Jonathon Zinger. Edited by Martha Little / Special thanks to Fronteras: The Changing America Desk, a public radio collaboration in the southwest that covers border and immigration issues / Web Producer: Javier Barrera / Photos: AP Images, antenne (Flickr), Javier Barrera, Foundation Escalera (Flickr), and Marcela Taboada.

Host: Ray Suarez / Length: 51 minutes / Airdate: August 2012

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