Mark Weisbrot is the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C., and the president of Just Foreign Policy. He is also the author of Failed: What the “Experts” Got Wrong About the Global Economy (2015). (March 2018)

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The Threats, Real and Imagined, of Mexico’s Election

Presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador speaking to the press in Mexico City, on March 7, 2018

In less than five months, Mexico will have a presidential election that is described by media commentators as a perilous undertaking. The problem, according to the pundits and the Trump administration, is that the leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador could well be Mexico’s next president. But is his possible election really such a threat? It is difficult to say how much he could do if elected, given the forces arrayed against him. But if there is a reform candidate in the race, it is López Obrador.