WRH Volume 37 Issue 17

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Research Articles

The Frente Ciudadano por México and the Possible Benefits for MORENA – By Bjorn T. Kjelstad 

A recent coalition contrived between Mexico’s PRD, PAN, and MC parties seeks to counteract the PRI and the swift rise in popularity of leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Although the coalition seeks to exert its influence in the Mexican Congress along with vying for a possible presidential seat in the 2018 general election, such an alliance does not come without significant ideological concessions. A surrender in ideological identity could prove to be beneficial for López Obrador’s presidential bid. Research Associate Bjorn Kjelstad provides a political analyses on the new Frente Ciudadano por México coalition and its implications for the upcoming elections in Mexico.
The Balance of Power in Latin America in the 21st Century – By Maria Alejandra Silva

In her piece titled “The Balance of Power in Latin America in the 21st Century” Maria Alejandra Silva Ortega discusses the emerging dynamics of power in Latin America considering the declining influence of the United States, the growing influence of China, and the emergence of regional powers.

Ortega Strengthens Grip on Nicaragua – By Gavin Allman 

Last year, Daniel Ortega won his fourth presidential election in Nicaragua, including three consecutive victories in 2006, 2011, and 2016. The most recent election was preceded by two constitutional amendments to legalize his continued candidacy, removal of his chief political competitors from office, and disparagement of electoral observers. With issues of electoral transparency adding to accusations of harassment of journalists and activists, how has Daniel Ortega retained his domestic popularity? What is the stance of the international community, and how can we expect this administration to behave in future?

Country Briefs

Country Brief: Mexico – AMLO, MORENA, and the 2018 Mexican Elections – By Arianna La Marca

Current Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador has twice come within an inch of the presidency. Will the third time be the charm? Research Associate Arianna La Marca details AMLO’s platform and proposed policies, as described during the candidate’s recent trip to Washington.

Country Brief: Honduras – Candidate Profile for November Elections – By Gavin Allman 

The upcoming November election in Honduras will surely be a pivotal one, as current president Juan Orlando Hernandez aspires to become the first two-term president since the current constitution was written in 1982. A 2015 constitutional reform from the Supreme Electoral Court legalized presidential reelection, but opposition to Hernandez’ campaign is strong. A coalition of centrist and leftist parties has formed to denounce the “dictatorship” that they claim is developing in the country’s executive branch, and the 2017 election will be keenly observed by the international community.

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