Prof. John Ackerman Tells CNN: Peña Nieto Is Just Part of the “Old Guard”

Dec 3, 2012
12:01 am

In case you missed it, Professor John Ackerman appeared last week on CNN to discuss Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico's newest president. Ackerman is a professor at the Institute for Legal Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He pens columns for Mexico's Proceso magazine and La Jornada newspaper, and is also editor-in-chief of the Mexican Law Review. His writings and commentary about Mexican politics have appeared in several global outlets, including Foreign Policy, the HuffPost, and the Guardian.

In the following CNN appearance, Ackerman makes his case as to why Peña Nieto is not good for Mexico.

Ackerman has been a consistent observer and critic of Mexico's current political system, and he is also quick to point out what Peña Nieto's presidency could mean to an Obama administration. As he states in this recent HuffPost column: 

65% of the over 50 million Latinos who live and work in the United States are of Mexican origin. But President Barack Obama's embrace of Mexico's new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, in their meeting this Tuesday, November 27th in Washington, DC is the wrong way for him to appeal to this growing sector of the electorate. Peña Nieto hails from the old guard Party of the Institutional Revolution (PRI) which ruled the country for 71 years and represents the worst of Mexico's authoritarian past. By cozying up to this new face of reaction in the region, Obama sends a clear message that his Latin America policy will be equally as shortsighted in his second term as it was during his first. It also estranges the millions of Latino voters who were forced to leave Mexico because of the gross economic mismanagement and authoritarian politics of Peña Nieto's predecessors from the PRI.