Mexico’s New President Squares Up to High Hopes for Peace


On 1 December, Andrés Manuel López Obrador will assume Mexico’s presidency.

He won pledging to end a drug war that has killed tens of thousands.

  • Falko Ernst
  • ICG

But, as Crisis Group’s Mexico Senior Analyst Falko Ernst argues, he faces formidable challenges that will make it hard for him to uphold his promises.

What are the main challenges facing López Obrador?

Andrés Manuel López Obrador inherits several deepening crises.

The first is crime: at least 200,000 people have been killed or disappeared since Mexico’s “war on drugs” began in late 2006, and the…

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