On Monday, June 25, we visited the United States Embassy in Mexico City and had the opportunity to learn about the United States State Department and its role in Mexican politics. Georgetown students met Jessica Simon and Hammad Hammad, who are alumni of Georgetown University, and Ramon Escobar, who served as a fellow at Georgetown’s Institute of Diplomatic Studies. Not only did they give us a warm welcome but they also shared their personal experiences with economics, election coverage, and public diplomacy in Mexico City.
2018 marks the largest election in Mexican history. As a result, political parties are running around at the last minute to influence voter turnout. One political team, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s party, called the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), sat down with Georgetown students and shared the party’s plans for Mexico’s future. The senator of Mexico City and President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Gabriela Cuevas, shared her experience switching political parties, from the National Action Party, PAN, to MORENA to see AMLO’s dream of transforming Mexico come to fruition. AMLO has vowed to fight inequality, insecurity, poverty, lack of education, and corruption. IF AMLO were elected president of Mexico, there will be national reforms that will impact the United States. As someone who wants to be remembered as prominent as former influential Mexican presidents such as: Benito Juarez, Lazaro Cardenas, and Francisco Madero, there is much work that needs to be done as political parties spearhead their busiest week yet. We will continue to meet with the different political parties this week to learn more about each party’s vision for Mexico’s future. Stay tuned!