Andrés Manuel López Obrador won the recent Mexican presidential election by a landslide. What gave rise to his victory, and what does it mean for Mexico’s future? We speak to law professors and activists, Alejandro Madrazo Lajous and Catalina Perez, who recently spoke in Santa Fe about the history of Mexico and the current problems of organized crime, corruption, and violence — and some possible solutions.
Alejandro and Catalina are Schell Human Rights Fellows at Yale University Law School, and are and professors at CIDE research university in Mexico, where Alejandro founded the interdisciplinary Drug Policy Program. Catalina is a member of the international Research Consortium on Drugs and the law, which she headed of six years. Their talk “The Mexican Paradox,” sponsored by the Angelica Foundation was part of the Center for Contemporary Arts series Mexico Today, which includes lectures, a great art exhibition of the work of Ricardo Mazal, and all kinds of festivities.