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Democracy on the Brink: Understanding Mexico's Authoritarian Turn

Is Mexico sliding into authoritarianism?
Mexico Pro-Democracy Protest Play Podcast

About the Episode

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s recent moves to undermine the country’s National Electoral Institute have sparked massive pro-democracy protests and stoked fears that the country is backsliding into authoritarianism. On Deep Dish, Denise Dresser, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, and Guillermo Trejo, Notre Dame and Kellogg Institue, discuss Mexico’s future and why everyone should care that the country’s elites are weakening and dismantling democratic systems. 

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About the Experts
Professor, Political Science, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)
Denise Dresser
Denise Dresser is a Mexican political analyst, columnist and academic. She is a professor of political science at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). She is the author of numerous publications on Mexican politics and US-Mexico relations including her latest book, "Mexican Manifesto: How We Lost Our Way and How to Find It Again".
Denise Dresser
Professor, Political Science, University of Notre Dame
Guillermo Trejo
Guillermo Trejo is professor of political science and director of the Violence and Transitional Justice Lab at the University of Notre Dame. Trejo’s research focuses on political and criminal violence, social movements, human rights, and transitional justice in Mexico and Latin America. He is also the co-author of "Votes, Drugs, and Violence: The Political Logic of Criminal Wars in Mexico".
Guillermo Trejo
Brian Hanson
Former Vice President, Studies
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Brian Hanson served as the vice president of studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He managed the Council's research operations and hosted the Council's weekly podcast, Deep Dish on Global Affairs.
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