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Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador takes questions from journalists at his daily press conference at the National Palace, Mexico City, March 8, 2019 (AP photo by Marco Ugarte).

What Does Mexico’s Non-Interventionism Under AMLO Mean for Latin America?

Monday, March 11, 2019

MERIDA, Mexico—When Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was elected president of Mexico last July, his victory was seen as a break with the stagnant and corrupt two-party system that had dominated high-level Mexican politics for nearly 90 years. Most observers expected AMLO—as the veteran leftist is known in Mexico—and his Morena party to shake up Mexican politics through populist policies, such as a rejection of the free-market consensus that had taken hold in Mexico City in recent years.

Domestically, AMLO has indeed been extremely active since taking office, tackling issues as diverse as gas theft and nursery school funding. On foreign policy, however, he’s been much more restrained—a posture that has turned the new president into a target of criticism both at home and abroad. ...

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