Mexico's New President, a Shaky Economy and the Ongoing Drug War

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Tomorrow, Mexico will inaugurate its newly elected president without either much fanfare or political protest. Enrique Peña Nieto, who won with a plurality of just 38 percent, will preside over an economy full of potential but held back by corruption, poverty and a drug war that's killed 60,000 people. The US has poured $2 billion into that conflict, but it rages on. Will Peña Nieto look for changes after marijuana legalization in two American states? What about illegal immigration? Are tough new border restrictions making it harder to implement NAFTA and the promise of prosperity for this country's nearest neighbor?

 

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President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico
in the Oval Office, November 27, 2012. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza


Credits

Guests:
Tracy Wilkinson - Los Angeles Times - @TracyKWilkinson, Andres Rozental - veteran career diplomat in Mexico, Tim Padgett - Time magazine - @TimPadgett2, Shannon O'Neil - Council on Foreign Relations - @shannonkoneil

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Frances Anderton, Christian Bordal